According to Atash, the move is designed to prevent the escalation of the conflict and contribute to regional security.
"Undoubtedly, the decision adopted by the Parliament yesterday is linked to the crisis in Qatar. The row has become a catalyst for the agreement, which had been discussed by the parliament for a long time. At the same time, yesterday's decision to deploy the Turkish contingent in Qatar is in no way directed against Saudi Arabia. It is only a step to support Qatar in order to contribute to security," the expert said.
"When the base is completely ready, and this can happen by October 2018, the number of the Turkish contingent will reach about 3,000 people. The group will consist of both — the gendarmerie and the military. The decision only gives the right to deploy the contingent, but doesn't indicate the exact number of servicemen and their type. So we will get more detailed information when the base construction is over," Atash said.
According to the analyst, the purpose of the deployment of the Turkish armed forces in Qatar is to both train local security forces and ensure local security. The expert does not believe that this could lead to any tensions between Turkey and the United States.
"The Turkish contingent is sent to Qatar not in order to confront the US military. We are NATO allies and both armies do not threaten each other. The United States has a base in the Persian Gulf with 11,000 soldiers which were sent there at the request of the Qatari government in 2003. In 2014, a similar decision was made with regard to the Turkish military. If the United States opposed this decision, they would have repeatedly voiced their concerns over the past three years," the analyst said.
He also added that Qatar is one of Turkey's most important partners in the region, and the decision made by the Turkish Parliament on military support of Qatar should be viewed from this position.
On Monday, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the latter of supporting terrorist organizations and destabilizing the situation in the Middle East. They were later joined by Libya, Yemen, the Maldives, Mauritius and Mauritania, with Jordan and Djibouti announcing they would lower the level of diplomatic contacts with Qatar.