Gulf Cooperation Council

Qatar and Cyprus

The other day, I called a Turkish Cypriot academic friend of mine who has written several articles on the Cyprus issue.

"What do you say; do you think they will solve it this time?" I asked directly.

Ahead of previous similar peace talks, he would always resolutely say, "It will not be solved."

Turkey says base in Qatar part of 'common vision' with GCC for peace, security

Turkey said its military base in Qatar is part of a "common vision" with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) toward the preservation of regional peace, security and stability, stressing that it is not aimed against any particular country and claiming that Turkish activities in the region are unrelated to the ongoing crisis in the Gulf. 

US urges Saudi allies to ease Qatar blockade

The United States urged Saudi Arabia and its regional allies on June 9 to ease their blockade of Qatar, warning it is harming the regional struggle against extremism.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Qatar must do more to crack down on support for terrorism but that the crisis must not disrupt action against the Islamic State group.

Saudi foreign minister says Gulf states alone can solve Qatar row

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on June 7 that Gulf states could resolve a row with Qatar amongst themselves without outside help.

"We have not asked for mediation, we believe this issue can be dealt with among the states of the Gulf Cooperation Council," he told a news conference with his German counterpart in Berlin broadcast on Saudi state television.

Turkey does not approve sanctions on Qatar: President Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 6 voiced disapproval of the sanctions on Qatar, after several Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Doha.        

"I want to say clearly that we don't find the sanctions that have started to be imposed on Qatar correct.