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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the isolation of Qatar as "inhumane" and "un-Islamic" on Monday.

"It is neither humane nor Islamic to attempt to isolate a country's people in every area from food, to drink, to travel, to commerce, to worship", he said in a parliamentary speech.

Erdogan has also strongly denied accusations that Qatar supports terrorism, arguing the country had been a staunch opponent of the Islamic State group.

In his strongest comments yet on the crisis, Erdogan added that Qatar was a country "on which a death sentence had in some way been pronounced".

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Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati said the recent outbreak of diplomatic row with Qatar, only a few days after a meeting of Arab leaders in Riyadh, revealed that Saudi Arabia lacks diplomatic competence and can not live in peace even with its closest neighbors. "Let's stop fooling ourselves".

On June 5, these three countries, in addition to Egypt, broke diplomatic relations with Qatar and implemented a series of economic reprisals after claiming that Doha funds terrorist groups.

Earlier, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Erdogan would hold talks on the crisis with Trump in the coming days. He also vowed that Turkey would keep supporting Qatar while noting that the dispute should be resolved before the end of the holy month of Ramadan toward the end of June. The sanctions have disrupted flows of imports and other materials into Qatar and caused many foreign banks to scale back their business with the country.

Iran and Turkey have flown in food supplies to Qatar as the gas-rich country seeks other sources. However, Qatar was a member of a Saudi-led coalition bombing the Houthis in Yemen.

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