QATAR-TURKEY HIGH-LEVEL STRATEGIC COMMITTEE KICK OFF

TRABZON, The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan co-chaired the Second meeting of Qatari-Turkish Supreme Strategic Committee, which was held in the Turkish city of Trabzon on Sunday.

At the outset of the meeting, the Turkish President greeted the Emir and the accompanying delegation, pointing that the meeting was held on an extraordinary day that coincides with the National Day of the State of Qatar.

t Erdogan expressed, in his name and on behalf of the Turkish people, thanks and appreciation to Qatar for the solidarity with the people of Aleppo and cancelling all festivities of this day.

Erdogan praised the relations between the two countries, stressing the importance of developing and deepening them to serve the interests of both sides.

He pointed that the agreements signed during the first meeting of the Committee, will further strengthen the close cooperation between the two countries.

The Turkish President said that the meeting comes at a sensitive and decisive phase for Turkey in its fight against terrorism, stressing the country’s continuation to combat it in all its forms and types, and extending, at the same time, thanks to the Emir for Qatar’s backing of Turkish anti-terrorism efforts and strong support against the failed military coup that took place in Turkey last July.

He pointed that the first call he received was from the Emir, lauding the visit of the Father Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani to Turkey in the wake of the attempt as well as the visit of HH the Emir.

Erdogan also praised the Turkish-GCC joint dialogue, expressing his pleasure with this dialogue which, he said, will contribute to supporting stability of the region.

Pointing to his meeting with the Emir in terms of discussing the latest developments in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, President Erdogan stressed Turkey’s support of legitimacy in Yemen, according to the Security Council resolution 2216, the Gulf initiative and outcomes of national dialogue conference.

The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani started his speech reiterating strong condemnation of the terrorist bombing that took place Sunday morning in Turkey’s Kayseri province, offering condolences and sincere sympathy for the innocent victims.

The Emir expressed the State of Qatar’s strong condemnation of the criminal act, which is contrary to all divine religions and human values, stressing solidarity with the fraternal Republic of Turkey in all measures it takes to maintain its security and stability.

He added that the State of Qatar always supports Turkey against any terrorist challenges, stressing that what affects Turkey affects Qatar as well.

The Emir thanked Erdogan for the warm reception accorded to him and the accompanying delegation, expressing satisfaction with the continued growth of the fraternal relations between the two countries.

In this respect, the Emir pointed that the current visit confirms the strength of strategic relations and shared keenness to continue supporting them for the welfare and common interests of the two brotherly peoples.

The Emir concluded his speech saying that the meeting represents an important step on the road to closer cooperation between the two countries.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed and exchanged views on ways to further develop relations between the two brotherly countries in various fields.

They also discussed key regional and international issues of common concern.

The meeting was attended by their members of the official delegation accompanying the Emir and a number of Turkish Ministers.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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