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Erdogan slams Doha isolation, seeks faster troop deployment to Qatar base

08:53 PM | 7 Jun, 2017
Erdogan slams Doha isolation, seeks faster troop deployment to Qatar base
ANKARA - Turkey on Wednesday threw its support behind Qatar, with officials saying it could fast-track troop deployment and provide crucial food and water supplies to the Gulf Arab country facing isolation from some of the biggest Middle Eastern powers, Reuters reported.

Lawmakers from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party (AKP) have proposed debating two pieces of legislation on Wednesday, Reuters reported, citing AKP and national opposition officials.

One of those bills includes allowing troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, which was set up by Ankara as part of an agreement signed in 2014.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said isolating Qatar would not resolve any problems. Erdogan said Ankara would do everything in its power to help end the regional crisis.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is visiting the region to discuss the stand-off.

Turkey and Qatar, which have friendly relations, have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt - a political party which has been banned by both Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Both countries have also backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad.

The base where the Turkish troops would be sent was designed to serve primarily as a site for joint training drills, Turkey's former ambassador to Qatar, Ahmet Demirok, told Reuters in 2015.

A total of 150 troops have already been stationed at the base, according to Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper. Ankara plans to eventually send a total of 3,000 ground troops there, Demirok said during his interview with Reuters two years ago.

Hamza Rao is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan. He can be reached at He tweets at @HamzaRaoxxx


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76


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