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Turkey welcomes outcome of Gulf Cooperation Council summit

Turkey welcomes outcome of Gulf Cooperation Council summit

Turkey believes that the recently closed Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) summit held in Saudi Arabia this week, had impressive results. The 41st GCC showed reconciliation between the Gulf nations, Anlaou Agency reports.

Turkey foreign ministry stands ready to further develop cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council, the top diplomat said on Tuesday. The outcome of the 41st GCC, a closing statement, will definitely lead to the ultimate resolution of the conflict between the Gulf states.

«The expression of common will to resolve the Gulf dispute and the announcement of restoration of diplomatic relations with Qatar at the end of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council held today in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, is a welcome development,» Ankara said in a statement.

The Turkish foreign ministry reiterated the importance Turkey attaches to the «unity and solidarity» within the GCC. Amid the toughest times, the restoration of mutual confidence among the Gulf countries is a must. Ankara shows its readiness to further develop the institutional cooperation with the Council of which Turkey is a strategic partner.

This week, the summit was attended by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, marking a breakthrough in a crisis that began in June 2017 when the Big Four like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Qatar.

They accused it of supporting terrorism and meddling in their internal affairs. All these allegations Doha has been denied.