First ship carrying food departs Turkey for Qatar

 22 Jun 2017 - 13:16

First ship carrying food departs Turkey for Qatar
A ship carrying 4,000 tonnes of food for Qatar prepare to depart Turkey in Izmir, Turkey on June 22, 2017. The vessel, carrying dry food, fruits and vegetables, departed Izmir in western Turkey. (Cem Öksüz - Anadolu Agency )

By Yusuf Sahbaz / Anadolu Agency

IZMIR, Turkey: A ship carrying 4,000 tonnes of food for Qatar left Turkey early on Thursday, marking a change in how essential supplies are being sent to Doha.

The vessel, carrying dry food, fruits and vegetables, departed Izmir in western Turkey. It should arrive in 10 days.

Turkey has already sent over 100 planes with food and other products for Qatar but this is the first time a cargo ship has embarked on the voyage to Doha.

Ipek Demirci, chief executive of the logistics company behind the shipment, told Anadolu Agency that her firm was preparing to send a second ship in the coming days.

So far, 105 cargo planes from Turkey have carried food to Qatar, Ankara’s economy minister, Nihat Zeybekci, said on Wednesday.

 

 

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Bahrain and Yemen abruptly cut diplomatic relations with Qatar and closed the land border.

Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E. and Bahrain also closed their airspace to Qatari aircraft.

Meanwhile the Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar, Fikret Ozer, has said that with his country’s support, Qatar would not face any kind of shortage of any type of goods in future and Turkey would also supply construction materials for ongoing FIFA 2022 related or other mega projects.

“After some time, if Qatar needs construction material for ongoing FIFA2022 or other mega projects, Turkey will also meet these needs and can supply quality material,” he said, adding that Turkey would always stand with Qatar to provide every kind of assistance.

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