Turkey & Qatar – Friends in Need

2nd July 2019 | Reading Time: 3 minutes   45 Views
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Last year when the Turkish lira crisis hit the headlines and whilst Erdogan and Trump play out a diplomatic war of words, the Turkish lira improved from record lows after Qatar’s Sheikh – Thamim bin Hamad Al Thani – said Qatar was standing by it's “brothers in Turkey,” as he announced a $15bn investment into the country’s financial markets and banks. Qatar and Turkey are bound by strategic relations at the political, economic and military levels. In 2015, Qatar and Turkey established the Supreme Strategic Committee to look after and enhance the relationship.

Militarily, two days after the start of the Gulf crisis, Turkey’s parliament ratified two agreements allowing Turkish troops to be deployed in Qatar and another approving an accord between the two countries on military training cooperation. The agreements aimed to raise Qatar’s defence capabilities and maintain security and stability in the region and the first batch of Turkish troops arrived at the Tariq ibn Ziyad military base in 2015.

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