Backdropped by a painting depicting Turkey's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan chairs the National Security Council meeting in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Presidency Press Service Pool Photo via AP)
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Ankara has been a crucial ally of Qatar since it was isolated by a four-nation, Saudi-led coalition on June 5, shipping it food and expanding its military presence there ahead of joint military drills later this month.The demands include Qatar downgrading its cordial ties with chief Saudi foe Iran, ending the Turkish military presence on its soil, and stopping its backing for the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group that has been in the crosshairs of the Saudis and other Gulf monarchies since the Arab revolts at the start of this decade.While it, too, backs the Brotherhood and is a major recipient of Qatari investment, Saudi Arabia and fellow alliance member United Arab Emirates bought $8.6 billion of Turkish exports last year, almost 20 times as much as Qatar.
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