MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Erdogan said Friday he had not witnessed Doha backing terrorism after Gulf states accused Qatari charities of sponsoring extremists in the region, Turkish media reported.
"There is no such thing. I know those foundations," Erdogan was quoted as saying in Istanbul by the Anadolu news agency, adding Ankara "will continue to give all kinds of support to Qatar."
Erdogan said his country would continue to stand by Qatar and urged Saudi Arabia to end Doha’s isolation. He also approved the deployment of Turkish troops to Qatar, in a sign of support.
The Saudi-led move to blockade Qatar has been upheld by Yemen, the Maldives, Mauritius, Mauritania and Libya’s eastern-based government. The standoff has led to food shortages and stockpiling in the energy-rich country which relies heavily on imports.