Erdoğan stresses common strategic perspective with Qatar
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday said his country’s relations with Qatar will be strengthened in line with a common strategic perspective, Turkish daily Hürriyet reported.
Turkey and Qatar signed seven new agreements in several areas, including industry, technology and trade, while also strongly emphasizing military and defence cooperation during Erdoğan’s visit to the Gulf country on Monday, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency.
“We do not consider Qatar’s security to be separate from that of our own country,” Erdoğan said during his visit to the newly-constructed military base in the Gulf country, where Turkish troops will be permanently deployed under the Turkish-Qatari joint forces command.
Turkish soldiers have provided the people of Qatar with peace and security after the crisis with Gulf states that started in 2017, Erdoğan said.
“Those who demand this base be closed still don’t understand that our country is a foul-weather friend to Qatar,” he added.
Turkey first deployed troops to Qatar in October 2015 to boost bilateral relations.
After neighbouring Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, placed Qatar under a blockade in 2017 and demanded Turkish troops leave the country, Turkey increased the number of troops in the country in a show of further alignment.