Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman Abdulaziz Al Saud held a phone talks early on Thursday and discussed the ongoing diplomatic crisis around Qatar and the appointment of the new Saudi crown prince, media reported.
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Daily Sabah newspaper, citing Turkish presidential sources, the sides agreed to look for the ways to settle a tense situation around this Persian Gulf state.
President Erdogan and King Salman also agreed to hold a meeting on the sidelines of the upcoming G20 summit, which will be held in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8, the publication said.
On Wednesday, King Salman replaced Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, the king's nephew, with his 31-year-old son Mohammad bin Salman. Local media also reported that Muhammad bin Nayef has lost the post of the interior minister. The new crown prince will continue to serve as the nation's defense minister.
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On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt broke off diplomatic relations with Doha and stopped all communication with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism and interfering in their internal affairs. Later, the Maldives, Mauritius, and Mauritania also announced the severance of diplomatic relations. Jordan and Djibouti reduced the level of their diplomatic missions in Qatar. Senegal, Niger and Chad announced the withdrawal of ambassadors.
Turkish leadership, including Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, have repeatedly called for Riyadh to take efforts to peacefully solve the Qatar crisis and have attempted to mediate the crisis by diplomatic means.