Erdogan: We will not abandon our Qatar brothers

Peter Beaumont in the Observer, ‘The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has called for the full lifting of the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar, as the week-old crisis deepened amid concerns about its humanitarian impact. Erdogan’s comments came as the human rights group Amnesty International warned that the embargo – which includes harsh new restrictions on residence and travel – was splitting families up due to the requirement for Qatari citizens to leave neighbouring countries within 14 days . . . “We will not abandon our Qatari brothers,” Erdoğan told members of his AKP party at a traditional Ramadan evening meal on Friday in Istanbul. “I say it should be lifted completely,” he said of the embargo.’ click here.