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Turkey maintains strong ties to Qatar [Anadolu]

How long will the Turkey-Qatar alliance last?

How long will the Turkey-Qatar alliance last?

Turkey and Qatar have built a very strong relationship that can be labelled an alliance in the last couple of years. An alliance which is sourced in the two countries’ common fear of being isolated by surrounding nations, hence the catalyst being the 2017 Qatar blockade, during which Turkey sent Qatar supplies, kicking off a high volume of trade and cooperation between the nation.

The previous year, 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. Most recently, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Qatar on Monday to meet Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on an official visit to discuss regional issues and bilateral relations.

According to data from the state-run Turkish Statistical Institute, Turkey’s exports to Qatar reached $1.1bn in 2018, an increase of 69 per cent compared with $650m the previous year. During the same period, Qatar’s exports to Turkey jumped 27 per cent, from $264m to $335m. The overall trade volume stood at $1.44bn in 2018 and is projected to rise further this year.

Trade relations between Qatar and Turkey have seen a significant development over the past few years, with total trade volume between both countries registering a remarkable 85 per cent growth from QR4.7bn in 2017 to QR8.7bn in 2018, Qatar Chamber Board Member Dr Mohamed Jawhar Al Mohamed has said while addressing the Qatar-Turkey Law & Investment Forum which opened in Istanbul last week.

The two countries have also strengthened military ties, with Turkey maintaining a military base in Qatar since 2015 – and the two sides’ armies carrying out joint military drills in recent years. The latest visit of Erdogan to Qatar shows the strength of the relationship, as well as the willingness to continue this trend.

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