Turkish president Erdogan arrives in Qatar on first post-coronavirus trip to hold talks with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
Qatar , Qatar
18 July 2020, 12:00 AM
31 July 2020, 12:00 AM
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Qatar for a meeting with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
A statement by Turkey's Communications Directorate on Thursday said the leaders of the two "brotherly and friendly" nations would exchange views on regional and international issues.
This is the Turkish president's first overseas trip since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Qatar and Turkey have enjoyed strong relations, particularly since the Gulf crisis erupted on June 5, 2017, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar and severed diplomatic relations. In 2016, when hundreds of people were killed in a failed coup in Turkey, the Qatari emir was the first world leader to call Erdogan and express support to his government.
Among the Turkish delegation accompanying the president in his day-long visit are Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, Defence Minister Hulusi Akar and Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, Presidential Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and National Intelligence Organisation head Hakan Fidan.