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Turkey stands by Qatar – Sees Itself as Target

The decision of Turkey to stand with Qatar has taken the Middle East by surprise.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s may face international pressure if Turkey allows Qatar’s autonomy to be crushed.

Earlier this month several middle-east countries like Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar.

They accused the emirate of sponsoring terrorism and demanded it end support for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group these Arab nations have declared a terrorist organization. However Qatar has denied all those charges and termed them as baseless.

On the other hand, Turkey sees the Brotherhood as a legitimate movement with broad popular appeal. Once imprisoned for his own Islamist politics, Mr. Erdogan has a longstanding affinity with the group and with other Islamist organizations that seemed ascendant throughout the region in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.

Earlier this week Mr.Erdogan addressed the media and said “taking action to isolate a country in all areas is inhuman and un-Islamic”. There are news published in the pro government news papers that accused UAE behind the last year’s failed military coup against the Turkish leader.

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