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Turkey: Military base in Qatar aimed at GCC security, not any specific country

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says its military base in Qatar aimed at security of gulf region, not any specific country.

Cavusoglu’s statements come after Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalid paid a visit to Istanbul on Saturday to discuss recent developments in the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed that he hoped the dispute with Qatar should be resolved before end Ramadan, according to Cavusoglu.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain on Friday designated as terrorists dozens of people and groups with links to Qatar, after severing diplomatic relations with Qatar on Monday.

The four states accuse Qatar of supporting extremist Islamist militants and Iran.