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Posted On: 15 August 2019 03:11 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:21 pm

Turkey to expand military base in Qatar -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 115

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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Here’s what’s happened since last week’s updates: UAE concludes WTO dispute against Qatar over goods ban -- GCC Crisis Updates Week 114.

Turkey-Qatar relation is an integrated model of co-operation in different arenas like political, economic, cultural and military fields, where the relations have witnessed rapid growth since the start of the Gulf crisis. And in a recent move, Turkey will open a new military base in Qatar this autumn, daily Hürriyet reported.

“A new Turkish base has been built near Qatar’s Tariq Ibn Ziyad military base,” Hürriyet correspondent, Hande Fırat, said, adding that the military base’s inauguration ceremony was expected to be “unveiled by the Qatari Emir and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.”

Turkish soldiers were first deployed to Qatar in October 2015, in an attempt to contribute to the regional peace and to boost bilateral relations between Turkey and Qatar. In December 2017, the military base was named the Qatar-Turkey Combined Joint Force Command.

Since Qatar’s Arabic neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain, placed Doha under a blockade in June 2017, Turkey’s military presence has taken on greater significance.

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(Cover photo credit: Yasin Bulbul/Presidential Palace)