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Saudi-Turkish ties strained over differing views on Qatar

AP  |  Riyadh 

Ties between and Turkey have begun to fray due to sharply different policies toward Qatar.

has led other Arab nations in cutting diplomatic ties with Qatar over allegations the small nation backs terror groups. Qatar denies this and says the decision to isolate it is politically motivated.

Turkey has criticised the decision and authorised the deployment of additional troops to Qatar in a show of support.

Saudi tour guides Khalid Abdullah and Edris Ismail told The Associated Press today that some Saudis are cancelling planned visits to Turkey for the upcoming Muslim Eid holiday, which starts next week. says around 250,000 Saudis visited Turkey last year.

An Arabic hashtag on Twitter has also appeared calling for Saudis to cut ties with Turkey.

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First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 22:02 IST