Gulf diplomatic crisis: Recep Tayyip Erdogan says demand to close military base in Qatar 'disrespectful'

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that he backed Qatar's response to a list of demands issued by Arab states which have been boycotting the Gulf emirate, and said calls for a Turkish military base there to close were disrespectful.

Erdogan said Turkey had also offered to set up a military base in Saudi Arabia — one of the four countries which issued the ultimatum to Qatar — but Riyadh had not responded.

"Even though they still didn't come back to us on this, asking Turkey to pull back its troops (from Qatar) is disrespectful against Turkey," Erdogan said.

Updated Date: Jun 25, 2017 11:01:38 IST