Gulf diplomatic crisis: Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views, may affect Ramadan tourism

Ties between Saudi Arabia and Turkey have begun to fray due to sharply different policies toward Qatar.

AP June 18, 2017 18:32:17 IST
Gulf diplomatic crisis: Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views, may affect Ramadan tourism

Riyadh: Ties between Saudi Arabia and Turkey have begun to fray due to sharply different policies toward Qatar.

Saudi Arabia has led other Arab nations in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar over allegations the small Gulf nation backs terror groups. Qatar denies this and says the decision to isolate it is politically motivated.

Turkey has criticized the decision and authorized the deployment of additional troops to Qatar in a show of support.

Saudi tour guides Khalid Abdullah and Edris Ismail told The Associated Press on Sunday that some Saudis are cancelling planned visits to Turkey for the upcoming Muslim Eid holiday, which starts next week. Saudi Arabia says around 250,000 Saudis visited Turkey last year.

An Arabic hashtag on Twitter has also appeared calling for Saudis to cut ties with Turkey.

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