15 Nov 2017 - 8:12
Qatar & Turkey to sign 14 agreements, MoUs
Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani , and President the sisterly Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, will hold the meeting of the third session of the Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee, at the Emiri Diwan today.
The Turkish President arrived in Doha yesterday for an official visit to the State of Qatar.
The Emir, and the Turkish President will also discuss means of enhancing strategic bilateral cooperation between the two countries as well as reviewing the latest developments in the region.
President Erdogan’s visit to Qatar comes within the framework of the growing and distinguished relations of cooperation between the two brotherly countries in various fields.
During the meetings, the two countries are expected to sign about 14 agreements and memorandums of understandings (MoUs) to reach a total of signed agreements between the two sides to about 40 agreements covering all areas of vital cooperation between the two countries ranging between economic, cultural, defence, banking and cyber security as well as food and agricultural security.
In addition to an agreement to protect investments and another twinning between Hamad Port and Turkish ports.
The State of Qatar and the Republic of Turkey have signed a defence agreement in 2014 to establish a Turkish base in Qatar, in aim to strengthen Qatar’s defence capabilities and promote the region’s security, without hostility against any party. When the current Gulf crisis break out and the unjust siege imposed on the State of Qatar, Turkey took the initiative and sent the rapid dispatch of foodstuffs and basic needs to Qatar’s citizens and residents.
Qatar, Turkey and Iran officials agreed to launch the Qatar-Turkey route through Iran in a move to boost trade between the two countries. The agreement will be signed soon between the transport ministers of the three countries according to the Turkish Ambassador to Doha Fikret Ozer.
The Turkish exports to Qatar have increased three times more than usual to reach $32.5m since the beginning of the unjust siege, where these exports increased during last June to 51.5 percent on month-on-month (MoM) basis. As well Qatari investments in Turkey between 2011 and 2016 were valued at $1.29bn.
The two countries established the Supreme Strategic Committee under the leadership of H H the Emir and the Turkish President to act as an important mechanism for strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries in all fields.
Through joint meetings of the committee, the two countries are explored the best ways to strengthen their bilateral relations. The committee meetings resulted in more qualitative cooperation between the two countries, which opened new horizons for cooperation. Thus the committee has played a major and catalytic role in the development of economic relations between the two countries since its inception.