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Erdogan criticizes sanctions on Qatar
Last Updated: 2017-06-14 09:22 | Xinhua
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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized Monday the sanctions imposed against Qatar were neither humanitarian nor Islamic, and urged Gulf and Arab countries to solve the crisis.

Addressing lawmakers of the ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Erdogan said "depriving Qatari people from food and water, travel, or worship is inhumane, non-Islamic."

Qatar is the most determined country that fights against IS terror organization alongside Turkey, rather than supporter of terrorism, Erdogan stressed.

Erdogan urged the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, to take a leading role in resolving the ongoing Gulf crisis with Qatar.

Erdogan said that he would hold a joint phone call Tuesday with the leaders of France and Qatar to discuss the recent developments of Qatar issues.

Starting on June 5, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania and the Maldives cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over accusation that the Gulf country supports "terrorism and extremism," which was denied by Qatar.

Last week, Erdogan has ratified two deals allowing Turkish troops deploying to Qatar and training its gendarmerie, stressing that Turkey "will continue and develop" ties with Qatar.

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