Qatar withdraws troops from Eritrea-Djibouti disputed border

Turkey has said that it stands with the tiny Gulf state against sanctions and has urged Riyadh to take the lead in finding a solution to the crisis.

"Our main priority as part of our efforts with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries is to solve this through negotiations, not to escalate the crisis", President Tayyip Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin told an Ankara news conference.

Mevlut Cavusoglu, Turkey's foreign minister was accompanied during his visit to Doha on Wednesday evening by Turkey's Economy Minister, Al Jazeera reported.

It was the first time Bahrain had detained a citizen for violating a ban on support for Qatar that Bahrain imposed after it joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt in severing ties with Doha.

Pakistan has been treading a careful path since Saudi and other Gulf countries snapped diplomatic ties with Qatar after accusing the oil-rich country of supporting terrorist groups.

The deal was sealed by Qatari Defense Minister Khalid al-Attiyah and his United States counterpart, Jim Mattis, in Washington, the Pentagon has confirmed.

Qatar's Foreign Ministry did not give a reason for the move but it comes as Doha faces a diplomatic crisis with some of its Arab neighbours. Saudi Arabia closed Qatar's only land border, through which about 40% of the imported foods consumed entered.

Since the blockade of the tiny Arab country, Kuwaiti and Pakistani leaders have visited Saudi Arabia to calm down the tension.

But experts were taken aback by the announcement of the arms deal, which came just five days after he said Qatar has "historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level".

Qatar on Wednesday said it has pulled out its 450 troops deployed at the disputed border line of Eritrea and Djibouti since seven years ago.

Trump hailed the $110bn deal for Saudi purchases of USA defence equipment and services, which was reached during meetings in Riyadh.



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