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

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 and the agreements, which will be signed today, will further strengthen the close cooperation between the two countries.

The Turkish President said, 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, as well as, the visit of the Emir.

President 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, in his speech, reiterated strong condemnation of the terrorist bombing that took place in Turkey’s Kayseri province, offering condolences and sincere sympathy for the innocent victims.

Sheikh Tamim added that, Qatar always supports Turkey against any terrorist challenges, stressing that, what affects Turkey affects Qatar as well.

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