Qatar hails strategic relations with Turkey

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This handout picture provided by Qatar's Government Communications Office (GCO) on July 2, 2020 shows Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani (R) meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the capital Doha. (AFP Photo)

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani has hailed his country’s strategic relations with Turkey.

“Strategic relations between Qatar and Turkey are growing day by day, particularly in the fields of economic, investment, commercial, energy and defense, in order to serve the common interests of our nations,” bin Abdulrahman said on Twitter on Friday.

On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Qatar for talks with Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

Erdoğan was accompanied by Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak and National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, along with Communications Director Fahrettin Altun, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalın and Turkey’s intelligence organization chief Hakan Fidan.

Qatar’s Assistant Foreign Minister Lolwah al-Khater, for her part, said Erdoğan’s visit “came to confirm the depth of bilateral relations between the two countries.”

Speaking to Al Jazeera television, al-Khater said there was broad consensus between Doha and Ankara.

“Both countries support the Libyan Government of National Accord and support the political solution in Libya based on Skhirat Agreement,” al-Khater said.

The internationally recognized government has been under attack from putschist Gen. Khalifa Haftar’s forces since April 2019, with more than 1,000 having been killed in the violence.

The Libyan Army recently inflicted heavy blows to Haftar, liberating Tripoli and Tarhuna, in addition to other strategic locations, including the Al-Watiya air base, from his militias.

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