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Turkey 'Saddened' by Gulf States' Decision to Cut Ties With Qatar

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Turkey is saddened by the decision made by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and five other Gulf and North African states to break diplomatic relations with Qatar, the Turkish foreign minister said Monday.

ANKARA (Sputnik) — On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic relations with Qatar. The states accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist movement, as well as of interfering in other countries' domestic affairs. Libya made a similar decision. Yemen cut diplomatic relations citing Doha's links with Houthis. The Maldives took the same step.

"We are saddened by the development of the situation. Of course there may be problems and disagreements between countries, but dialogue must continue under any conditions," Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a briefing alongside his German counterpart.

The diplomatic crisis took place one week after the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh, when the Qatari news agency posted a speech on behalf of the country's emir in support of building relations with Iran. Afterwards, the official representative of the Qatari Foreign Ministry said that the agency's site was hacked and the emir's speech was published by hackers and had nothing to do with the Qatari leader.

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However, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Manama considered this refutation to be unconvincing and continued to insist that the words about the normalization of relations with Iran really belonged to the emir.

The relations between Iran and the Arab states of Persian Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia, are strained due to the differences of positions on a range of regional conflicts.

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