Cooperation: Turkey and Qatar discuss bilateral ties

President Erdogan talks with Qatari emir in Doha

16 September, 10:50

    (ANSAmed) - DOHA, SEPTEMBER 16 - Turkish and Qatari officials had agreed to form a high level strategic cooperation council between Turkey and Qatar as Anadolu Agency reports quoting Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan as saying in remarks to reporters in Doha, adding that foreign ministers of the two countries will begin efforts in this regard. Erdogan discussed pressing regional issues with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani yesterday, during the third official visit of his term in office. Erdogan was accompanied by Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Undersecretary Hakan Fidan. The Turkish president discussed bilateral ties, the threat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and energy cooperation with Qatari officials. The two countries were also expected to sign an agreement for Qatar to supply Turkey with 1.2 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas. Turkey consumes around 45 billion cubic meters of gas every year, buying 4 bcm from Algeria and 1.2 bcm from Nigeria every year. Qatar, with an approximate reserve of 885 trillion bcm according to U.S. Energy Information Agency, is one of the world's largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers.


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