Adel Tayari -TDO- (TUNISIA) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday (June 16th) discussed the Gulf crisis with French President Emmanuel Macron and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani in a joint conversation. The Anatolia news agency quoted sources in the Turkish presidency as saying that the leaders exchanged information on the contacts and meetings they had to resolve the crisis and stressed the need to ease tensions in the region immediately. The three leaders stressed that the current tension can be resolved through dialogue and negotiations and not through sanctions, and stressed the value of efforts being made in this direction. The three leaders also stressed their stand against all forms of terrorism and stressed the need to clearly define terrorist organizations, leaving no room for moods. The leaders agreed to remain in close contact during the coming period.

Since June 5, seven Arab states - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen, Mauritania and the Comoros - have cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar and have accused the Qatari authorities of "supporting terrorism."

Doha denied the accusations, saying it was facing a campaign of "fabrications" and "lies" aimed at imposing "tutelage" on its national decision.