Turkey and Qatar hold joint military exercise

Turkish and Qatari troops have conducted a joint military exercise, the Turkish Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Dubbed the “Joint Commando Unit Combating Terrorists in Residential Areas” exercise, the drill took place with participation from the Qatar Special Forces Command, the ministry said.

In November, Turkey and Qatar signed 10 new agreements on military cooperation, international trade and free zones, and investments.

Relations between Ankara and Doha have flourished after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt accused Qatar of supporting terrorism, cutting off diplomatic ties and imposing an economic blockade on the country in 2017.

Turkey opened a military base in Qatar in 2016, but since the blockade the following year, the country’s military presence has taken on greater significance.