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Turkey, Saudi Arabia to try to reduce tensions over Qatar on call

AFP
Published : Jun 22, 2017, 3:02 pm IST
Updated : Jun 22, 2017, 3:01 pm IST

President Erdogan has backed Qatar in the crisis with Gulf nations that cut off relations with it accusing it of supporting terrorism.

 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo: AFP)
  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. (Photo: AFP)

Ankara: Turkish officials say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a telephone conversation with Saudi Arabia's King Salman and the new crown prince, during which they agreed to "increase efforts" to end tensions in the region related to the dispute with Qatar.

A statement from officials in Erdogan's office says he called the Saudi royals late Wednesday to congratulate them on the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as the new crown prince.

Erdogan has strongly backed Qatar in the crisis with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations that cut off relations with Doha after accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Turkey's parliament passed legislation permitting the deployment of troops to a Turkish military base in Qatar.

Turkey's NTV television said a contingent of 25 soldiers will depart for Doha on Thursday.

Tags: gulf crisis, recep tayyip erdogan, turkey-saudi arabia ties
Location: Turkey, Ankara, Ankara