Turkey’s Erdogan arrives in Qatar for talks with Sheikh Tamim

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Turkish chief was welcomed upon his arrival by senior delegation headed by Qatar’s defence minister.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived within the Qatari capital Doha for talks with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

Erdogan was welcomed upon his arrival on Wednesday by a senior delegation headed by Qatari Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah.

The Turkish chief was accompanied throughout his one-day go to to the Gulf state by a number of high officers, together with the ministers of finance and defence, the state-run Anadolu information company mentioned.

Ankara and Doha take pleasure in sturdy relations, significantly for the reason that Gulf disaster erupted on June 5, 2017, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt imposed a blockade on Qatar and severed diplomatic relations.

The blockading nations stopped many important exports to Qatar, together with primary meals provides.

To keep away from potential meals shortages, Turkey despatched cargo planes filled with important gadgets to Qatar inside lower than 48 hours of the beginning of the blockade.

Sheikh Tamim in flip was the primary world chief to name Erdogan and categorical help following a failed 2016 coup that noticed lots of of individuals killed.

The 2 nations have additionally strengthened navy ties, with Turkey sustaining a navy base in Qatar since 2015 – and the 2 sides’ armies have carried out joint navy drills lately.

Erdogan’s journey on Wednesday got here after the Turkish chief visited Kuwait to supply his condolences to Kuwait’s new Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah over the passing of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah final week on the age of 91.