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Turkey’s President Erdogan lands in Qatar in second official visit this year


For the second time in just a few months, Turkey’s leader visited Doha on Wednesday to meet with his Qatari ally.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Doha on Wednesday to meet Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani.

The allies are expected to discuss the strong, long-term bilateral relations between the two countries while addressing regional issues.

Erdogan’s visit comes after meeting the new Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, to convey condolences over the death of the former Amir Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah.

Wednesday’s visit is the second such trip to Doha by the Turkish leader in just a few months.

Erdogan visited Qatar in July, on his first trip since the beginning of the pandemic, where the two rulers discussed “mutual relations between the two friendly and brotherly countries”.

Read also: More than 1,000 Qatari, Turkish companies exchange business opportunities

Turkey has rapidly strengthened its trade and political relations with Doha since the 2017 illegal air, land and sea blockade was imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. In the immediate aftermath of the severance of diplomatic ties, Turkey’s exports to Qatar tripled in value within days. 

Just last year, Qatar’s investments in Turkey stood at $22bn, while Turkish investments in Qatar reached $122m. 

In the first half of this year alone, Turkey ranked in fourth place for Qatari imports, with 179 companies from the Gulf country operating in various fields.

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