Turkish security expert Abdullah Agar has said that Western countries are attempting to pit the countries in the region against each other, adding that the move could provoke a new world war.

The remarks came amid increasing tension between some Arab countries in the Middle East and Qatar.

Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa has recently accused Qatar of creating a military escalation in the region, in reference to Turkey’s increased military presence in Doha.

“Bringing in foreign armies and their armored vehicles is the military escalation that Qatar has created,” al-Khalifa said in a tweet on Monday.

In another message, the top Bahraini diplomat urged Qatar “to end its political dichotomy” and make its choice.

“There is a contradiction in Qatar’s policy. Either compliance with the regional (GCC) system and its joint and bilateral defense treaties with the major international ally or regional interference,” he posted.

“Making unilateral alliances with countries outside the regional system and with terrorist organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and others, strikes at the foundations of its commitment with the brothers in the GCC,” said another Tweet.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and imposed sanctions on the country on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism.