Turkey, Qatar agree to form cooperation council

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah have also discussed military cooperation in Doha

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah have also discussed military cooperation in Doha

DOHA, Qatar – Turkey and Qatar have agreed to establish a joint cooperation committee called the High-level Strategic Cooperation Council to enhance bilateral ties, it was announced in the Qatari capital Doha Monday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah also discussed agreements on military cooperation.

Addressing a press conference after their official meeting, Cavusoglu said “during the meeting with Foreign Minister Khalid we decided to establish a joint committee.”

The delegations from both sides will meet in March. In April, another meeting will be organized at the foreign ministers’ level, he added. 

Turkey has so far established such cooperation councils with 18 other countries. Georgia will be the 19th country to join the council.

Cavusoglu also commented on the bilateral trade and economic cooperation between the countries.

“The bilateral trade volume is not at the level we wish,” he said, “Turkish companies have undertaken important projects, but Qatar also has its goals for the World Cup (in 2022).”

Cavusoglu's visit to Qatar comes just a month after Qatar’s intelligence chief Jassem al-Thani held talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo to prepare for an upcoming joint summit between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

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