Qatari Emir visits Turkey to discuss bilateral relations

Qatar leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visits Turkey in order to discuss relations, regional developments

Photo by: AA
Photo by: AA

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visits Turkey as guest of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments primarily related to Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Egypt.

The Turkish presidential press center announced the visit noting that the two leaders aim to develop the existing strategic cooperation further and strengthen the brotherhood between the Qatari and Turkish people.

The countries have similar political approaches concerning regional issues particularly in the Middle East. Qatar and Turkey have collaborated with each other in their approach on the conflicts  taking place in Syria, Iraq, and Libya, while having declared their opposition to the recent Egyptian coup together.

High level visits have achieved significant progress regarding the bilateral relations between the two countries. Relations between the two countries have particularly improved on several fronts  following Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the father and predecessor to the current Emir, visit to Turkey on 25–26 Dec. 2001.

The visit paved the way for the legal framework of economic and military cooperation between the countries and eventually produced several deals including the Agreement on Prevention of Double Taxation, the Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments, and the Cooperation Agreement on Military Fields.

On Jan. 19, 2015, the countries announced that they have also established a special council called the High-level Strategic Cooperation Council after their respective foreign ministers Mevlut Cavusoglu and Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah met to discuss their mutual stance concerning the Egyptian military coup which brought  General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, now president, to power in 2014.

Both Turkish and Qatari governments recalled their respective ambassadors to Egypt following the military coup in a rare display of togetherness against the coup in the region.

Turkey mostly invests in Qatar’s  construction sector and consultancy services. More than 30 Turkish companies are working in the country in various projects valued at approximately 8.5 billion dollars.

According to the Turkish foreign ministry’s website, “Turkish exports to Qatar mainly consist of iron-steel products. Electrical machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, home textile products, furniture and food are among other export items. Turkey is importing mainly natural gas, plastics and plastic products and chemical derivatives from Qatar.”

Turkey particularly aims to attract foreign investment and capital from Qatar which is the world's richest country per capita and has the world's third largest natural gas reserves.

The Turkish foreign ministry also noted that the Qatari administration favors a pipeline project to transfer natural gas from Qatar to Turkey.

In addition, Turkish Minister of National Education, Nabi Avci, announced in May that Turkey and Qatar will found the Turkish-Qatar International University primarily for Syrian students in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep on the border with Syria. 

TRTWorld and agencies