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Iran’s president condemns ‘siege’ of Qatar by Arab nations

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said an ultimatum issued to Qatar is “against worldwide law” and claimed calls to withdraw his troops from the Gulf emirate are “disrespectful”.Among the 13-demand charter put forth lately by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, Qatar is asked to reduce its ties with Iran, stop funding those blacklisted as terrorists, and immediately terminate the construction of a Turkish military base and stop any military cooperation with Turkey on its land.”They did not come back to us since that day and even though they still didn’t come back to us on this, asking Turkey to pull back its troops (from Qatar) is disrespectful against Turkey”.Turkey, the most powerful regional country to stand by Qatar, has sent 100 cargo planes with supplies since its neighbors cut air and sea links.Erdogan called the demand that Qatar shut down Al-Jazeera an attempt to take away the network’s press freedom and urged rights groups to speak out against that. Erdogan demanded. “No offence, but Turkey is not such an ordinary country”.Both Qatar and Turkey, whose ruling AK Party has its roots in Islamist politics, backed a Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt before it was overthrown in 2013.Qatar faces the prospect of diplomatic isolation in the long-term if it does not accept the demands made by its Gulf neighbours to end an ongoing dispute, a United Arab Emirates minister warned on Saturday. The military said a contingent of 23 soldiers reached Doha on Thursday.A Turkish foreign ministry statement Sunday reiterated that the deployment of Turkish troops in Qatar contributed to regional security and was not aimed at a specific country.Speaking outside a mosque after prayers, Erdogan said he would continue his planned program despite feeling briefly unwell.Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt want Qatar to meet the 13-point ultimatum in return for an end to a almost three-week-old diplomatic and trade “blockade” of the emirate. “I had a little condition about my blood pressure, related to my diabetes”, he said.