Turkey and Qatar share same values: Erdogan
06 Jul 2017 - 3:12
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday reaffirmed Turkey’s support for Qatar in its dispute with four other Arab states, saying their demands against the Gulf nation were unacceptable.
“When it comes to this list of 13 items ... it’s not acceptable under any circumstances,” Erdogan said in an interview with France 24 television.
Some of the terms were tantamount to “stripping” Qatar of its statehood, he added. “We remain loyal to our agreement with Qatar. If it requests us to leave, we will not stay where we are not wanted,” he said.
Erdogan was quoted as saying in an interview with German weekly Die Zeit published yesterday that "what is being done with Qatar runs counter to international law."
He said the demand for the Turkish base to be closed shows "a lack of respect towards us and Qatar" and added that "the Americans are also there, with 9,000 soldiers, and so are the French."
He asks: "Why are the Saudis disturbed by us and not by that? This is unacceptable." Erdogan also criticised a demand for the closure of broadcaster Al Jazeera, saying Ankara "will support Qatar in every way, because we share the same values, have good relations and we cannot be silent about the injustice."