Turkey complains to Qatar over Al Jazeera reporting

Turkey complains to Qatar over Al Jazeera reporting

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani met in Ankara on Friday.

June 26, 2011, Sunday/ 16:12:00

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has complained about Al Jazeera coverage over Turkey's Libya policy during a meeting with the emir of Qatar, a Turkish news report published on Sunday said.

“We are disturbed by Al Jazeera reporting about Turkey. We cannot understand why there is this hostility against Turkey,” Erdoğan said during a Friday meeting with Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, according to the Sabah daily.

Al Jazeera, owned by the state of Qatar through the Qatar Media Corporation and headquartered in Doha, Qatar, has been critical of Turkey's policies in Libya, questioning its failure to offer help to Libyan opposition groups fighting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Erdoğan reportedly told al-Thani that the Al Jazeera reporting could have effects on safety of Turkish investors and workers in Libya.

Al-Thani reportedly responded to Erdoğan saying that he understood Turkey's sensitivity. The situation in Libya, where NATO forces are carrying out a bombing campaign against Gaddafi targets, was one of the main issues discussed during the Friday meeting in Ankara, Sabah said.

On Thursday, Al Jazeera said it had found Turkish military ration packs in three abandoned Gaddafi bases in Nafusa, western Libya, saying Turkey may have thus breached a UN embargo on Libya. The Turkish Foreign Ministry and the Turkish company that produced the food items found in the bases, Unifo, have both denied the suggestion that there was a transaction in breach of UN Security Council sanctions, which were imposed on March 17.

Turkey is a member of NATO, which is currently carrying out a bombing campaign against Gaddafi targets. Turkey is participating in efforts to enforce an arms embargo and to deliver humanitarian aid but refuses to take part in the bombing campaign.

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