Bahrain’s foreign minister accused Qatar of creating a military escalation in a dispute with regional powers, in an apparent reference to Doha’s decision to let more Turkish troops enter its territory. Bahrain, alongside Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt issued an ultimatum, including demands that Qatar shut down a Turkish military base in Doha. Source Reuters
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China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday once again asked India to withdraw all its troops and equipment from Chinese territory, as the border standoff in the Dong Lang (Doklam) area approaches its second month. Source: People’s Daily
Top Turkish and Russian economy officials are set to discuss key economic, political, technical and trade issues at an international fair in the Aegean city of İzmir, which will start on Aug. 18 and last until Aug. 27. Source: Daily News
The Defense Ministry plans to introduce a land-based Aegis missile defense system to respond to North Korea’s missile threats and will seek funding in the next fiscal year to cover system design costs, a government source said Wednesday.