Several major Middle Eastern states, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar last week, accusing the monarchy of sponsoring terrorist groupings and meddling in neighbors' domestic affairs.
Bahraini authorities have detained a citizen for sympathising with Qatar on social media, the attorney general said Wednesday, after authorities warned that sympathising with Doha was tantamount to a criminal offence.
Erdogan, in Turkey's strongest comments since the rift began on June 5, denounced the isolation of Qatar as a violation of Islamic values and akin to a "death penalty".
Those states, as well as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, have broken off diplomatic and economic relations with Qatar but must respect citizens' rights, he said. Qatar firmly denies the allegations.
Qatar has however rejected the accusations that it supports extremism, and the country's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdurrahman Al Thani has said, "Doha would not "surrender" under political pressure".
Turkey also is eager to maintain workable relations with Iran, Saudi Arabia s foe with whom Doha s critics say Qatar maintained excessively close ties.
"We wish her the best as she moves on from the Department of State".
Akbar al-Baker, Qatar Airways CEO, stated that the company intends to file a complaint with the International Civil Aviation Organization, and named US President Donald Trump as the person responsible for this blockade. U.S. troops stationed in Qatar would also relocate to the UAE, he argued, adding the "infrastructure is in place" if such talks ever take place. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has criticized the measures imposed on Qatar, saying they were hurting the emirate's people, not its rulers. The ministry said Qatar had been an "impartial diplomatic mediator" in the dispute between Djibouti and Eritrea, which led to armed clashes in 2010.
Nawaz Sharif recently visited Saudi Arabia to discuss the emerging situation in the Arab world and emphasized the peaceful resolve of all the problems facing the Muslim countries.