Turkish First Deputy PM Hails Strong Relations with Qatar

Doha, – Turkish First Deputy Prime Minister Omer Faruk Korkmaz praised HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’s support for Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his great stance against the failed coup attempt, which proved the distinct relations between the two countries and the two peoples.

In an interview with Qatari daily (Al Sharq) published Tuesday, Korkmaz highlighted the developing relations between Qatar and Turkey at all levels, especially after the failed coup attempt, affirming that the bilateral relations will be growing further in the coming period at regional and international levels.

He called on Qatar to invest in the field of education in Turkey, emphasizing that this would fill a major gap after the Turkish government closed all schools of the “parallel entity”. He also expressed surprise at the existence of many European universities in Turkey, and there is no Arab university.

About the results of the investigation into the failed the coup attempt, Korkmaz said that so far the official investigations have not announced that there are any involved state in the failed coup attempt, but said that there are doubts about the involvement of some countries.

On the readiness of the parallel entity to carry out the failed operation, he explained that the entity claim that they stay away from politics and that they are far cry from plots and intrigues and they are loyal to the state and the Turkish people. They also claim that their sheikh “Fethullah Gulen” does not aim to hold political positions, but he only thinks to serve his followers and supporters, Korkmaz added.

He pointed out that if the putschists have demands and objections to the performance of the president and the government, they must declared that democratically not by warplanes and tanks, stressing that the United States is demanded to hand over Gulen to Turkey.

About the existence of a relationship between Fethullah Gulen and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), Turkish First Deputy Prime Minister Omer Faruk Korkmaz said that it is normal that the two sides cooperate with each other to overthrow the Turkish state, and what “concerns us is that both organizations carry out terrorist operations against Turkey and its people.” On the other hand, Korkmaz indicated that Turkish President’s recent visit to Russia was positive, expressing his belief that there is a desire to restore relations to normal after Russia understood what was being plotted to spoil the bilateral relations between the two countries.

He added that the Russian President was in permanent contact with Turkish President during the failed coup attempt, which confirms the Russia’s standing with the Turkish state and its understanding that the parallel entity seeks to strain relations between the two countries. He also emphasised that the coming days will witness cooperation in all internal and external files at the highest possible level.

Regarding the Syrian file, Korkmaz said Turkish and Russian presidents discussed the issue, especially since there are two different points of view, stressing that Turkey will not give up its stance towards the Syrian issue and his country’s position is clear since the outbreak of the revolution which is with the desire of Syrian people to obtain freedom and dignity and to have a democratic government, noting that this will be achieved only with a new transition stage without Bashar al-Assad.

Korkmaz stressed that the committee formed between the two countries is an evidence that both sides agree on the need to resolve the crisis.

Source: Qatar News Agency