Isolating Qatar will not solve crisis, Turkey's Erdogan says

Turkey Offers Mediation to Resolve Qatar Dispute

Turkey can't afford to take sides in Qatar crisis

The House of Representatives unanimously voted for criminal charges to be pressed against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security guards who participated in attacks on protesters in Washington, D.C. during his visit last month.

He said Qatar had never before experienced such hostility from Arab states.

Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa will meet with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, as well as Erdogan to discuss the "latest developments in the region", the ministry said in a statement.

"It will not contribute to solving any problem to try and isolate Qatar, which we know for sure has fought very effectively against terrorist groups", he said on Tuesday following a dinner.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and the Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, claiming it of "terrorism support".

Turkey has maintained good relations with Qatar as well as several of its Gulf Arab neighbors.

"Turkey will continue and will develop our ties with Qatar, as with all our friends who have supported us in the most hard moments", he added in reference to last year's failed coup.

Support hashtags have been among the most popular on social media in Turkey since the start of the crisis including #KatarYalnizDegildir meaning "Qatar is not alone". The U.S. accuse Qatar of "terrorism support" but not so long ago Donald Trump signed with Riyadh an arms contract worth more than $100 billion.

DUBAI/DOHA, June 9 (Reuters) - The United States on Friday called on Arab states to ease their blockade on Qatar and demanded all sides move to calm tensions that intensified with a Turkish offer to send troops, warships and planes to aid its Qatari ally.

"How will you be a mediator if you are taking sides?" asked Yilmaz who previously served as Turkey's consul general to the Iraqi city of Mosul before it fell to the Islamic State (IS) group.

"They're all our Sunni brothers and our friends", Ilnur Cevik, a foreign policy adviser to Mr. Erdogan, said of the Arab states on Tuesday afternoon, in a show of neutrality. He acknowledged Turkey is a fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, but said the incident gives weight to the perception that the US allows Turkey's leader to bring strongman tactics along with him when he visits the USA capital.

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