Gulf State demands which include the closure of a Turkish military base in Qatar are “unacceptable,” Ankara’s foreign minister said on Friday.
“A solution could come in the medium term,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told an Ankara news conference, speaking alongside his visiting Qatari counterpart, H E Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani.
The Qatari government has denied all the accusations, blasting the blockade as “unjustified” and a violation of international law.
On demands for closure of the Turkish military base in Qatar, Cavusoglu cited the U.S. military base there, saying: “There is no such dispute with the Americans, nor do they object to it. This [Turkish base] is a deal between two sovereign countries. The Gulf demands violate sovereignty.”
He described a recent Qatari deal with the US as “prudent” and said: “It shows that they are open to dialogue”.
Qatar and the US signed a deal to combat the financing of terrorism, during a visit to Doha by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday, a move that comes as the Gulf crisis continues in the region.
Cavusoglu emphasized that Turkey supports Kuwaiti mediation efforts to resolve the crisis.
-Bilateral ties on anniversary of coup bid
Cavusoglu highlighted Qatar’s support through the first anniversary of the defeated 2016 coup attempt in Turkey:
“There was a traitorous coup attempt last year on July 15.
“Turkey will never forget this. While we commemorate our martyrs on this anniversary, hosting my brother Mohammad [Al Thani] is all the more meaningful.”
Cavusoglu said President Erdogan was planning to visit the Gulf States and said details would become claeer next week.
“As you know, our country has been facing an illegal blockade. We would like to thank the Turkish Republic, the Turkish president, and the foreign minister on behalf of the Qatar state and government.”
“If a military agreement Qatar is to sign does not violate any international laws, then it can never even be up for debate. Since there is a legitimate agreement [between Turkey and Qatar], no state has the right to argue or appeal it,” he added.