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FILE PHOTO: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey October 6, 2020. Presidential Press Office/Handout via REUTERS
CAIRO (Reuters) – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will visit Qatar and Kuwait on Wednesday, his office said.
He will meet Qatar’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. In Kuwait, he is due to meet the new ruler, Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, and convey condolences over the death of the emir’s predecessor and half brother, Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed, who died at 91 last week.
The visit to Qatar is notable as Qatar is one of the few Arab countries that supports Turkey’s intervention in Libya, where it helped the Tripoli-based government defeat an assault on the capital by forces based in the east.
Reporting by Alaa Swilam; Additional reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu in Ankara; Editing by Chris Reese and Peter Graff