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Turkey to fast track legislation approving troop deployment in Qatar - officials
June 7, 2017 / 11:21 AM / 6 months ago

Turkey to fast track legislation approving troop deployment in Qatar - officials

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s parliament is expected to fast track on Wednesday existing legislation to allow its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, officials from the ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition said.

The move appears to support the Gulf Arab country when it faces diplomatic and trade isolation from some of the biggest Middle Eastern powers. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain severed relations with Qatar and closed their airspace to commercial flights on Monday, charging it with financing militant groups.

Qatar vehemently denies the accusations. It is the worst split between powerful Arab states in decades.

Reporting by Gulsen Solaker; Writing by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by David Dolan

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