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Turkey Fast-Tracks Qatar Troops Bill Update in Symbolic Move

  • Bill revised to exclude certain units from serving in Qatar
  • Exclusion based on redefinition of units as non-military
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Turkey Sides With Qatar as Gulf Crisis Deepens

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Turkey’s parliament approved a bill amending the terms for stationing Turkish troops in Qatar, drawing criticism from opposition parties that the timing of the legislation makes the country a party to the crisis unfolding in the Persian Gulf.

In April 2016, the two countries signed an agreement that would allow Turkey to build a military base in Qatar for the emirate’s defense and station troops there. Wednesday’s amendment was necessary to account for the redefinition of paramilitary police and coast guard under Turkish law.