'We will boost cooperation between Turkey, Qatar', Erdogan

Turkish president announces before going to Doha

06 December, 14:57

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    ISTANBUL - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday spoke of cooperation between Ankara and Doha at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul before leaving for a two-day visit to Qatar with a delegation of ministers, saying "we will improve our relations at an economic, political, military and cultural level".

    The president announced that he will meet emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and that tomorrow the seventh meeting of the cooperation committee Turkey-Qatar will be held. Agreements will be signed at the meeting at various levels, in addition to others already existing for which Doha has invested some 15 billion dollars so far. "We will also visit our soldiers", said Erdogan, referring to Turkish troops at work in a military base managed by Turkey in Qatar opened in 2017 when some Gulf countries imposed an embargo against Doha. At the time, Ankara sided with Qatar, aggravating tensions already existing with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Turkey tried to solve the problems recently, as shown by the visit to Ankara in November of the crown prince of the Emirates Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan (Mbz).

    "Without prejudices we continue to cooperate with all our brothers in the Gulf", said Erdogan, expressing the will to support dialogue in the region. "Mbz's visit to Turkey is an example of this", the Turkish president said, stating that he is planning to go to Abu Dhabi in February.

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