Turkey's FM to visit Gulf countries, Yemen

Cavusoglu's diplomatic schedule starts Saturday with official visit to Kuwait, followed by Qatar, then Yemen

Cavusoglu's diplomatic schedule starts Saturday with official visit to Kuwait, followed by Qatar, then Yemen

ANKARA - Turkey's foreign minister will visit Kuwait, Qatar and Yemen, the Foreign Ministry announced Friday.

Mevlut Cavusoglu's schedule will start on Saturday in Kuwait, where he will spend two days discussing regional and international developments with Kuwaiti officials.

"He is expected to be received by the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Jaber III al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah," a statement from the ministry said.

The foreign minister will then head to Qatar on Monday, where he will meet with his Qatari counterpart Khaled bin Mohamed al-Attiyah; Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani and Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani.

Cavusoglu's visit to Qatar comes just a month after Qatari intelligence chief Jassem al-Thani's talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo to prepare for an upcoming joint summit between President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

The Turkish foreign minister's final stop will be in Yemen on Tuesday, where he will hold meetings with Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Mohammed al-Saidi, president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi and prime minister Khaled Bahah.

In an exclusive interview in The Anadolu Agency's "Editors' Desk" on Monday, Cavusoglu criticized certain Gulf countries for "lobbying against Turkey," over elections to the UN Security Council's non-permanent membership for 2015 and 2016.

“Because of our relations with Egypt, some Gulf States lobbied against us," Cavusoglu said.

Turkey put forth conditions indicating that normalization of relations with coup-ruled Egypt would be unlikely in the immediate future, unless the country goes back to "full democracy."

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