Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdel-Rahman Al Thani prior to their meeting in Ankara, Friday, July 14, 2017. (Presidency Press Service/Pool Photo via AP)
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