Turkey: Erdogan’s official visit to Qatar marks his first trip abroad since the pandemic

Turkey: Erdogan’s official visit to Qatar marks his first trip abroad since the pandemic

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left for Qatar on Thursday for an all-day working visit, in what is his first trip abroad since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Turkish President is accompanied by the Minister of Economy and Finance Berat Albayrak, the Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, the Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun, the Representative of the President Ibrahim Kalin and the Head of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Hakan Fidan.

According to a statement from the Turkish Communications Directorate, Recep Tayyip Erdogan will meet with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, where the two leaders are expected to discuss relations between the two “brotherly and friendly” countries.

There will also be an exchange of views on regional and international issues, according to the statement.

Relations between Turkey and Qatar have become much stronger, especially after the Gulf crisis in 2017, during which Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain cut off diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar, with Turkey stepping up and helping tackle the exclusion imposed by other countries on Qatar./ibna