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Turkey’s Erdogan backs Qatar’s response to list of Arab demands

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Turkish President Tayyip Ergodan said on Sunday he backed Qatar's response to a list of demands issued by Arab states boycotting the Gulf state.

Qatar has described the boycott by its larger neighbors as an "blockade" aimed at curbing its sovereignty, and said that the ultimatum by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain was unreasonable.

Erdogan said Turkey appreciated and endorsed Qatar's response to the 13 demands, which include closing the Al Jazeera satellite television network, curbing relations with Iran and shutting a Turkish base in Qatar.

'Briefly unwell'

Speaking outside a mosque in Istanbul after prayers marking the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, Erdogan said he would continue his planned program despite feeling briefly unwell.

The Hurriyet daily said Erdogan received medical attention after "briefly feeling unwell" during morning prayers at the Mimar Sinan mosque in Istanbul.

Some Turkish media reports said he had briefly fainted inside the mosque, although this was not immediately confirmed.

Erdogan said he had suffered from a blood pressure issue due to a sugar imbalance in the body.

"Thanks to God I recovered quickly. Now I am feeling good and we will continue with our program," he said, quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency.