Doha, 10 July 2023 (TDI): On July 9, Turkish Vice President Cevdet Yilmaz and Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek met with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani in Doha to explore potential opportunities for economic cooperation.

The high-level delegation arrived in Doha on July 8, aiming to strengthen bilateral collaboration between the two nations.

Bilateral cooperation between Ankara and Doha

Yilmaz emphasized the Turkish policy aimed to enhance their cooperation with Qatar, particularly in the defence, industry and energy sectors, along with other projects discussed during the meeting.

He mentioned the significance of these initiatives and projects in solidifying the foundation of their future collaborations.

Moreover, he noted that the strategic partnership between Qatar and Turkey will contribute to regional stability and economic development. He underlined that the friendship and cooperation between the two countries will further advance their relations in all fields.

“This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, we are planning to hold the ninth High Strategic Committee meeting,” Yılmaz said.

In December 2014, the Qatari Emir and the President of the Turkish Republic inked an agreement on the establishment of the Higher Strategic Committee between the two countries.

A large number of ministries and several private institutions from both sides engaged in various bilateral cooperation agreements under this committee.

Yılmaz highlighted that the two nations signed a total of 95 agreements in the previous eight meetings of the High Strategic Committee.

Doha-Ankara relations have grown particularly strong during the last decade as both nations have improved their diplomatic and economic ties.

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The two countries share cordial bilateral relations, and Qatar ranks first among the Gulf countries in terms of the number of projects undertaken by Turkish contractors.

Vice President Yilmaz extended his thanks to the officials of the State of Qatar and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani for their hospitality during his official visit.

Following his participation in the NATO summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 11 and 12, Erdogan is expected to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the UAE.