Turkey's Erdogan calls Qatar embargo 'un-Islamic'

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Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain accused Qatar of supporting militants, an allegation dismissed by Doha.

In a statement Asmara issued on Monday, the reclusive Red Sea nation said the move was collectively taken by Saudi and other Gulf nations "is not confined to Qatar alone as the potential of Qatar is very limited".

He said European countries, including France, were trying to ease tensions in support of Kuwait's mediation efforts, and he believed that the United States, which was also backing mediation, wanted restrictions on Doha to be lifted. They argue that the comments highlight Doha's close ties with Iran and reinforce their long-held concerns over Qatar's support for terrorism.

They added that Qatar ignored repeated calls to abide by the Riyadh Agreement of 2013, its executive mechanism, and the supplementary agreement in 2014.

"Turkish troops are coming to Qatar for the sake of the securıty of the entire region", Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters last Thursday.

Turkey's parliament last week approved deploying troops to a Turkish base in Qatar in what was seen as a show of support for its embattled ally.

More Arab and Muslim-majority African countries later joined the diplomatic blockade, even as several powers have called for resolving the crisis.

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Qatar, which has yet to retaliate in the crisis, also could turn off supplies to those now opposing it as well, especially the United Arab Emirates, home to Dubai.

"We still have no clue what is behind these measures", he said.

"Our top priority in Qatar is to end this unlawful blockade imposed against us", he said from the British capital, London.

Saudi Arabia's Mecca Al Mukaramah newspaper printed a photo of Trump on its front page, with a red headline: "Qatar has a history of funding terrorism, has to stop".

Qatar is the world's largest producer and exporter of liquified natural gas, but it heavily relies on imports for food staples and raw materials.

As the Qatari crisis unfolded, Erdogan nearly immediately announced "full support" for Doha, stating that "we don't find sanctions against Qatar right".