Turkey, Qatari ministers meet as Egypt parliament approves Libya incursion

The Turkish and Qatari defence ministers met on Monday in Ankara to discuss security cooperation, Anadolu news agency reported.

In the meeting, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammed el-Atiye stressed the importance strategic partnership between the two countries.

Akar said Turkey appreciates Qatar's efforts to promote stability in Libya, Anadolu reported.

The meeting came on the same day that Egypt’s parliament approved a troop deployment to Libya in support of the eastern-based rebel General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army, which is fighting the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, backed by Turkey and Qatar.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and high-ranking members from his cabinet, including Akar, met with Qatari officials in Doha on July 2, in what Middle East analysts believe were security cooperation talks between the two regional allies.