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Striking a careful balance, Erdogan stopped short of directly criticising Saudi Arabia's actions but called on Saudi King Salman to show leadership by solving the crisis.

As part of its backing for Doha, the Turkish government prioritised and pushed through legislation in parliament last week ratifying an agreement to establish a joint military base and train Qatari troops in the Gulf state.

Speaking after diplomatic meetings in Paris, Al Thani said Qatar is ready to negotiate anything "related to the collective security of the Gulf countries" but insisted that Qatari foreign policy is not open to debate.

Mr. Erdogan's defence of Qatar, in a parliamentary speech to members of his ruling AK Party, comes after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt severed relations with Qatar on June 5.

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"A look at Doha's reaction following the quartet's announcement of the severance of ties with Qatar on 5 June 2017 shows that it is Qatar rather than its neighbours who can not afford being cut off", Al Rashed added. A number of countries in Africa are not in favour of taking a strong stand against Qatar since they have good ties with that country which is ambitious to play a bigger role in world affairs.

Turkey's president has criticized the effort by several Arab countries to isolate Qatar over allegations of sponsoring militant groups, comparing the move to a "death penalty" for the small Gulf country.

Al-Ittihad newspaper's editor-in-chief Mohammed al-Hammadi told The National newspaper of Abu Dhabi in an article published on Tuesday that the fake comments had Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan disparaging Kuwait and Oman for having "double standards".

Iran's flag carrier is flying vegetables to Qatar after Arab nations cut land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich Gulf nation. Qatar said the official news agency which reported the comments was hacked - and on June 6, U.S. officials told CNN that USA investigators believe Russian hackers were behind it.

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Qatar and Turkey also seek to engage Saudi Arabia's rival Iran despite differences with Tehran's policies in the broader region.

File image of Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The statement from Sharif's office quoted him as saying he hopes the "current impasse in the Gulf will be resolved soon" in the best interest of the Muslim community.

Saudi Arabia and its allies severed diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar earlier this month, after accusing it of supporting terrorist groups, a charge denied by Doha. The Eritrean Information Ministry statement of support came despite previously close ties with Qatar.

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