Turkey, Qatar to ink new cooperation deals to further strengthen ties

Turkey, Qatar to ink new cooperation deals to further strengthen ties

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Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will arrive in Turkey on Thursday ahead of the sixth meeting of the Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee.

The meeting in the Turkish capital Ankara will be presided by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Qatari emir.

The committee will discuss steps to further boost the current $2.5 billion (TL 20 billion) bilateral trade ties, mainly in the energy, defense and food sectors. Several cooperation agreements will likely be signed during the meeting.

The two leaders will also discuss regional developments like Syria and Libya in a bilateral meeting, scheduled before the committee meeting.

Seven deals were signed in the last supreme strategic committee meeting between the countries on Nov. 25, 2019.

Ankara and Doha enjoy strong relations, particularly since the 2017 blockade imposed by several Gulf countries, led by Saudi Arabia.

Turkey and Qatar have further strengthened military and economic ties since.

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