Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, traveled to Saudi Arabia at the start of a three-country Gulf tour to help resolve the dispute between Qatar and four other Arab states, Al Jazeera reported.
Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah on Sunday and met with King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman separately.
Details about the discussions were not revealed.
He later departed for Kuwait, the main mediator in the Gulf crisis, and will travel to Qatar on Monday.
“No-one has any interest in prolonging this crisis any more,” Erdogan said at Istanbul airport before leaving.
He accused “enemies” of seeking to ” fuel fire between brothers” in the region.
On the other hand, Erdogan praised Qatar’s behaviour in the crisis, saying it had sought to find a solution through dialogue.
“I hope our visit will be beneficial for the region,” he said.
The official whose country has deployed troops to Qatar, is the fifth high-level visitor from outside the Gulf to try to resolve the dispute since it erupted on June 5.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar in early June, accusing it of supporting extremists. Qatar strongly denies the allegation.
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