Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed the development of the strong strategic relations between the two brotherly countries, and means of promoting them in wider fields.
During the bilateral meeting which was held prior to the fourth meeting of Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee at Vahdettin Pavilion in Istanbul yesterday, H H the Amir and the Turkish President reviewed areas of joint cooperation, mainly in the fields of politics, trade, economy, investment and culture. The two sides also discussed the latest developments in the region, and exchanged views on issues of mutual concern.
H H the Amir and the Turkish President co-chaired the fourth meeting of Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee at Vahdettin Pavilion. At the outset of the meeting, the Turkish President welcomed H H the Amir and the accompanying delegation, and expressed pleasure for the visit which comes in the framework of the Supreme Strategic Committee.
The Turkish President praised the level of relations and cooperation between the two countries which coincides with the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He underlined that Turkey and Qatar have supported one another in hard times, and proved to be true friends many occasions, especially in hard days, referring to Turkey’s efforts to lift the unjust siege on Qatar, and Qatar’s great support to Turkey during the failed coup in June 2016, as well as its support during the fierce campaign against Turkey recently. President Erdogan, on behalf of the Turkish people, expressed his deep thanks for Qatar’s solidarity and it strong stand in support of Turkey.
On the bilateral meeting with H H the Amir, the Turkish President said that the meeting was very fruitful, noting that the meeting discussed the level of relations between the two countries and means of bolstering the strategic cooperation and expanding its horizons, stressing the convergence of views on issues related to the regional developments.
For his part, H H the Amir expressed thanks and gratitude to the Turkish President for the warm hospitality, expressing pleasure to visit Turkey for the fourth meeting of Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee, which H H the Amir described as strong model of fraternal relations.
Responding to the Turkish President’s thanks for Qatar for its support, H H the Amir said that it was the duty of Qatar by virtue of brotherhood, affirming that Qatar will never forget the support of the Turkish President personally to Qatar in the crisis before a year and seven months.
H H the Amir noted that the State of Qatar was wronged in this crisis, but Turkey stood with the right, and now Qatar has proved to the world that it was right and that the accusations against it were false. H H the Amir added that the support for Turkey is the support of all Qatar and the people of Qatar. He went on saying: “We are advocates of peace and we do not want problems, but be assured, Mr President, that if Turkey needs anything in the future we will always stand with our friends and brothers.” H H the Amir underlined that Turkey will do the same thing and will always support Qatar. He discussed with the President a number of issues, including the development of economic and trade relations and other fields.
Talks during the meeting covered the strategic relations between the two countries in various fields to serve the interests of both countries and brotherly peoples.
The two sides also exchanged views and consulted on the most important issues on the regional and international arenas.
The meeting was attended by Their Excellencies members of the official delegation accompanying H H the Amir, and a number of Their Excellencies the Ministers and senior officials from the Turkish side.
H H the Amir and the President attended the signing of agreements and number of memorandums of understanding between the governments of the two countries, following the fourth meeting of Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee.
H H the Amir and the Turkish President witnessed the signing of a MoU between the Civil Aviation Authority of the State of Qatar and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Turkey, and the signing of the executive program for the Cultural Year 2019-2020 of the MoU on cooperation in the field of culture between the two countries, aiming at promoting cultural exchange through the exchange of delegations and support the exchange of expertise and experiences among cultural institutions.
H H the Amir and the Turkish President also witnessed the signing of two cooperation protocols between the governments of the two countries, the first is on cooperation and training in the field of electronic warfare, and the second is on the exchange of members of the armed forces. They also witnessed the signing of a trade and economic partnership agreement aims at liberalising trade in goods and services, cooperation in electronic commerce and attracting investment between the two sides.
The signing ceremonies were concluded by signing the joint statement issued by the fourth meeting of Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee.
H H the Amir attended the dinner banquet hosted by the President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in honour of H H the Amir and the accompanying delegation. The banquet was attended by a number of Their Excellencies ministers and senior officials from the Turkish side.
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