'Teammates' Qatar and Turkey assert post-coup ties

The Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was the first foreign leader to call in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the July 15 coup attemptWith his fate still uncertain just hours after the launch of the July 15 coup, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received his first call of support from a foreign leader. On the other end of the line was Qatar’s emir, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, giving his unequivocal backing for the embattled leader, Erdogan told Turkish media. “It was a significant show of political support at a time when the situation in Turkey was still highly uncertain,” said Rice University’s Kristian Coates Ulrichsen.


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