Turkey favors constructive dialogue in Qatar crisis

14/06/2017 - 18:38 Published in News/General

Turkey has urged Gulf countries to resolve the ongoing diplomatic crisis centered around Qatar through constructive dialogue, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday.

Addressing reporters at the presidential complex in Ankara, Kalin said Turkey's priority was to fix the Gulf conflict through negotiations instead of increasing the tension.

"I must state here that Saudi Arabia has a key role. As the most important actor of the region, Saudi Arabia has an opportunity and ability to solve this crisis, being the wise state and big brother in the region," Kalin said.

Last week, five Arab countries -- Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen -- cut off ties with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.

Qatar, for its part, has denied the accusations, calling the moves to diplomatically isolate it “unjustified”.

Ankara has said that it stands with the tiny Gulf state against sanctions and has urged Riyadh to take the lead in finding a solution to the crisis.

"The king of Saudi Arabia, as leader of the Gulf, should solve this issue,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday. “I especially think that he should lead the way towards resolving this crisis."