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Turkish president arrives in Kuwait for talks

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan welcomed by First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad Al Sabah

Anadolu Agency

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan arrived in Kuwait on Tuesday to discuss regional and international developments as well as bilateral relations between Turkey and the Gulf countries.

Erdoğan was welcomed by Kuwaiti First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Hamad Al Sabah.

He was accompanied by a large delegation including his wife, Emine Erdogan, Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül, Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi and Energy Minister Berat Albayrak.

On Monday, Kuwaiti Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Mohammad Abdullah Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah said Erdoğan's visit would provide an opportunity to exchange views on common issues.

According to an announcement by the Turkish presidential press office Saturday, Erdoğan will pay an official visit to Russia, Kuwait and Qatar from Nov. 13-15.

Regional and international developments as well as bilateral relations between Turkey and the Gulf countries will be discussed in detail, the statement added.

Turkey backs Qatar in the Gulf crisis that was triggered in June when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the U.A.E. and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar.

The four states accuse Qatar of supporting terrorist groups -- allegations Doha denies, describing the embargo as a breach of its national sovereignty.

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