TURKEY SENDS FIRST AID SHIP TO QATAR AMID GULF TENSIONS

Turkey’s Economy Minister, Nihat Zeybekci, said, the first Turkish ship, carrying aid to Qatar, departed on Wednesday, in a bid to break blockade imposed on Doha by a number of Gulf countries.

Speaking in an interview with the state-run Anadolu Agency, Zeybekci said that, nearly 105 cargo planes have carried aid from Turkey to Qatar, after several Gulf countries cut diplomatic ties with Doha, earlier this month.

“Further shipments will follow Wednesday’s batch,” he said, adding that, Turkey started to deliver supplies by land, as well.

Yavus Ekici, head of Directorate of Provincial Food, Agriculture and Livestock, said that, three trucks of vegetables are on the way to Qatar, on a weekly basis from the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Another five trucks of food will be sent from the southern Hatay province, after the Eid al-Fitr festival, the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, according to the head of Hatay Aid Association, Rahmi Vardi.

The Gulf country was plunged into a crisis on Jun 5, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and some other countries, severed diplomatic ties and closed off sea, air and land links to Doha, accusing it of funding terrorism, hosting terrorists and interfering with their internal affairs

Source: NAM News Network

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