President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan conducted a phone diplomacy over the recent rift between Arab states and Qatar on Monday as the presidential spokesman said Turkey is ready to do its part in resolving the diplomatic crisis.
According to the presidential sources, Erdoğan phoned Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmad al-Sabah and Russian President Vladimir Putin and called for a diplomatic solution to escalating tension.
Presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın released a statement earlier, in which he said: “The countries in the region need to evaluate their relations on the basis of unity and solidarity rather that unfounded news and allegations.”
“In times when the region is looking for peace and stability, the members of the GCC, with whom Turkey is in a strategic business alliance, must take the necessary steps towards achieving these common goals through negotiation, dialog, and communication,” he added.
Speaking at a joint news conference in Ankara with his German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also said that Turkey was ready to help however it can to bring the disputes to a manageable level.
“Dialogue should be continued under all circumstances so the existing problems can be solved in a peaceful way,” he said.