Malta denies Saudi Arabia has cut diplomatic ties

Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia worsened after a deadly human crush occurred during Hajj rituals in Mina, near Mecca in September 2015.

Qatar's leaders sought to capitalize on the "Arab Spring" uprisings of 2011, partnering with Turkey to back anti-government forces in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

Ankara is at the forefront of efforts to defuse a diplomatic crisis that led Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, as well as Egypt and other countries, to sever ties with Qatar, which is a strong ally of Turkey.

They also highlighted Saudi Arabia's efforts in combating terrorism overseas including at the Incirlik base in Turkey.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised eyebrows over the weekend when he said King Salman agreed to consider an offer to establish a Turkish military base in the kingdom alongside a Turkish base in Qatar.

"It is like playing a football match when you discover one of your own team is trying to score an own goal in every match you play", Gargash said.

The important point to keep in mind is that Qatar talks to these actors and does not necessarily give them material or financial support, Juneau says. Turkey's parliament already approved deploying up to 3,000 troops to its base in Qatar, where 100 are already stationed. "It's very complicated at the moment".

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"The Bahrainis told the U.S. general in command of the base that Qatari soldiers must leave", the source said on condition of anonymity. Find us on Facebook too! "We are also prepared to contribute". He proposed the idea and advised it at a meeting last Thursday with the King of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa, in Cairo.

Several Arab countries have announced that they are breaking diplomatic ties with Qatar.

The president said Turkey's prime minister and foreign minister are working hard with him to resolve the crisis by meeting with all the sides involved.

"We do not trust them (Qatar)". At the same time, Turkey is eager to maintain workable relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia's foe.

"There was shooting by Saudi border guards. and one Iranian fisherman was killed", the semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted an interior ministry official as saying about Friday night's incident.

Abdullah said in a statement the pair "were detained from our hotel by Saudi police in Mecca after a live analysis" on the crisis with Qatar. "The ordeal lasted almost 10 hours during which we faced multiple interrogations and lock-up", he said, expressing gratitude to the Turkish authorities for solving the issue.

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