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Turkey & Qatar stage military drills amid Gulf diplomatic crisis
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A Turkish trooper is seen in a tank at the Turkish military base in Doha, Qatar, July 19, 2017. Picture taken July 19, 2017. © Qatar News Agency / Reuters
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The exercises come after Turkish media reported that joint drills would be taking place August 6-7, with officials saying they would be aimed at "strengthening the defense capabilities of both countries" and "boosting efforts to combat armed groups and maintaining stability in the region."

According to Anadolu agency, Qatari Emiri Navy Commander Rear Admiral Mohammed Nasser al-Mohannadi visited the Turkish frigate ‘TCG Gökova’ last week, which is docked at Hamad Port in Qatar.

Turkish soldiers moved into the country in June, after Ankara fast-tracked legislation to allow hundreds of troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar. The move came after several Arab nations imposed a blockade on Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Ankara has said it will deploy 3,000 ground troops to the base, for joint training exercises and to support anti-terrorism efforts.

However, the existence of the base is a major point of contention among the Arab countries which issued the blockade on Qatar in June. Its closure is part of a 13-point ultimatum issued by those countries, which include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Despite calls to shut down the base, Doha is unlikely to do so. Qatar's defense minister told RT last month that Doha and Ankara enjoy a "special strategic relationship," as they have the same stance on the issue of "liberating the oppressed peoples and democracies."

Turkey also said in June that is has no intention of shutting down its base, with Defense Minister Fikri Isik making clear to local broadcaster NTV that "re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda.”

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Qatar and Ankara share ideological ties, as Turkey's ruling party has Islamist roots and Doha is a main backer of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which Qatar's opponents deem a terrorist organization.

As part of its ultimatum, countries behind the blockade of Qatar have demanded Doha end its support for the Muslim Brotherhood, downgrade ties with Iran, shut down the Turkish military base and close its Al Jazeera news channel.

Qatar has denied all charges related to terrorism and has refused to accept the demands, claiming they are an infringement on its sovereignty. Doha has also said it doesn't fear retaliatory measures imposed for its non-compliance.

Doha took action against the trade blockade last week, filing a wide-ranging legal complaint with the World Trade Organization (WTO). Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain have been given 60 days to settle the complaint or face litigation at the WTO and potential retaliatory trade sanctions.
 
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LNG will still be there. Its a natural resource not a KFC joint
They do provide a lot of employment to South Asian workers. I wouldn't wish anything wrong to these small GCC states. A lot of remittances are sent back from there. Kerala is the most prosperous state in India due to GCC.
 

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They do provide a lot of employment to South Asian workers. I wouldn't wish anything wrong to these small GCC states. A lot of remittances are sent back from there. Kerala is the most prosperous state in India due to GCC.
There are plenty of good ways to earn money at home as well if sub continental people start working half as hard a they do in GCC.
 
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There are plenty of good ways to earn money at home as well if sub continental people start working half as hard a they do in GCC.
They work hard everywhere, but don't get nearly as well paid. A small labourer at a construction site earns about 1000 dirham per month, that's like 17000 INR ! He will be the king in his village back home with that sort of money :lol:
 

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They work hard everywhere, but don't get nearly as well paid. A small labourer at a construction site earns about 1000 dirham per month, that's like 17000 INR ! He will be the king in his village back home with that sort of money :lol:
For all the al Jazeera led springs and autumns.

Never did it happen in Qatar when people kept dying due to heatwave being cooked alive. The labor. The abuse.

Lol.

Weak countries with rich rulers throw money like hell so they can enjoy their eventual demise. It's a rule of nature.
 
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For all the al Jazeera led springs and autumns.

Never did it happen in Qatar when people kept dying due to heatwave being cooked alive. The labor. The abuse.

Lol.

Weak countries with rich rulers throw money like hell so they can enjoy their eventual demise. It's a rule of nature.
That is there, but in all countries. Are you telling me laborers don't die due to heatwave and accidents in Pakistan? They have the same chances of dying whether in Pakistan or UAE, but in UAE they will be paid 10 times more.
 

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That is there, but in all countries. Are you telling me laborers don't die due to heatwave and accidents in Pakistan? They have the same chances of dying whether in Pakistan or UAE, but in UAE they will be paid 10 times more.
As long as they die in dignity doesn't matter. But they aren't that respected there?

Money ain't everything
 
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As long as they die in dignity doesn't matter. But they aren't that respected there?

Money ain't everything
Dude, I am also concerned about dignity, respect and all. But the number of South Asian workers in GCC is huge. Imagine the Chaos and poverty if all of them sent back at once.
 

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Dude, I am also concerned about dignity, respect and all. But the number of South Asian workers in GCC is huge. Imagine the Chaos and poverty if all of them sent back at once.

Imagine the potential if they take over Qatar

Lol
 

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Dude, I am also concerned about dignity, respect and all. But the number of South Asian workers in GCC is huge. Imagine the Chaos and poverty if all of them sent back at once.
You are right but that danger you mentioned, can be used like a leverage on your country in time pass.

Just saying, nothing to do with those laborers or workers.
 

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