Qatar's ties with Turkey at new heights
16 Feb 2017 - 1:49
QNA & The Peninsula
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who concluded his two-day visit to Qatar yesterday has stressed the importance of Qatari-Turkish relations, which he said has witnessed a rapid development in all fields, especially in recent years.
Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Turkish President held an official round of talks at the Emiri Diwan yesterday.The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and ways of bolstering them in all areas to serve the interests of the two countries and their people. The two sides also exchanged views about the situation in Palestine, Syria and Yemen, and consulted on a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.
The talks were attended by the Deputy Emir H H Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Thani and a number of Their Excellencies the Ministers, and members of the official delegation of the Turkish side. The Turkish President and his accompanying delegation were seen off at Hamad International Airport by the Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, Qatar's Ambassador to Turkey Salem bin Mubarak Al Shafi and Turkey's Ambassador to Qatar Ahmet Demirok.
In an interview with Al Arab Arabic daily, the Turkish president said that both countries have the same strong political will that will promote these relations and the mutual trust between the two countries has led the relations to a strategic level, Qatar News Agency reported yesterday.
Erdogan stressed that the strengthening of cooperation between the two countries gradually in all areas has yielded positive results, referring to the visit of the Emir to Turkey in December 2014, during which the establishment of a mechanism for cooperation and consultation was agreed upon under the name of the "Supreme Strategic Committee", which is considered a very important step.
Since then, the Turkish President said, the two countries witnessed very significant developments, as cooperation and affection between the two countries have been enhanced day after day. He also noted to the Strategic Committee that has borne fruit in a short period, saying that 30 agreements were signed in the its first and second meetings in Doha and Trabzon, which indeed was an important step.
The Turkish President pointed out that Qatari-Turkish cooperation is very important for the future of the region, expressing confidence that the next meeting of the Supreme Strategic Committee to be held in Doha this year is for the interest of both countries.
President Erdogan affirmed that Qatar and Turkey support the regional peace, as well as putting an end to terrorism and all sorts of security threats and risks, and both countries do their duties in this regard. He appealed to all other countries in the region to expand cooperation to stand together against terrorism and security threats.
On concerns raised about Qatar-Turkish relations, Erdogan said, "We do not have and cannot have any other goals. Our agreements are transparent and our meetings take place in full view of everyone, and all we wish is to promote this cooperation steadily."
Regarding his assessment of Qatar's role on the regional and international arenas, especially the mediation role played by Doha between various parties in many trouble spots, Erdogan said "At this point we have to give Qatar a special status for adopting a dynamic, reasonable and strong foreign policy, as it seeks to find solutions to crises, plays a mediating role and suggests real and serious solutions by taking the reins of initiatives. All of these things make Qatar effective, respected and appreciated."