Turkey has ratified a military cooperation agreement with Qatar, according to the Turkish military’s Official Gazette, which was published on Monday.
According to the military agreement signed by Turkey and Qatar in December 2014, mechanisms to allow the deployment of joint forces if needed will be put in place. Both countries will exchange operational training, cooperate in their defence industries and hold joint military exercises.
Both countries will also allow the use of each other's ports, airports, and air space. Turkey and Qatar have also agreed to cooperate in fighting terrorism.
Turkey and Qatar's military cooperation comes at a time when the Middle East is facing heightened security concerns over the Syrian civil war, the fight against ISIS, as well as conflicts in Yemen and Libya.
The two countries have similar foreign policies concerning certain geopolitical events in recent years, namely stances against the Assad regime in Syria, and against the military coup which toppled Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in Egypt.