Turkey steps up for Qatar
Qatari and Turkish companies have signed 15 trade agreements across various sectors.
The agreements were made during a visit of a Qatari trade delegation to Turkey and include pharmaceuticals, food, construction, shipping, logistics, plastic, aluminium, glass, technology, furniture and air-conditioning sectors.
Qatar chamber of commerce director Saleh bin Hamad al-Sharqi says the visit has contributed to “strengthening the bonds of co-operation” between Qatari and Turkish business, and laid the groundwork for further joint co-operation between the two sides in various fields of trade and industry.
Since June 5 Qatar has been under blockade by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of countries including the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. The coalition abruptly withdrew its ambassadors, and imposed trade and travel bans on Qatar, citing Qatar’s alleged support for terrorism as the main reason for its actions.
The coalition insist that Qatar has violated a 2014 agreement with members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) and criticises media outlet Al Jazeera and Qatar’s relations with Iran. Qatar disputes the claims and says it has helped the US in the “war against terror” and contributed with ongoing military intervention.
A number of countries in the region, including Turkey, Russia and Iran, have called for the crisis to be resolved through peaceful negotiations. Turkey says it has sent more than 220 cargo-planes of daily use items since the crisis started.
A Turkish delegation is set to visit Qatar after the end of the Haj season in October to “examine the projects and opportunities available in the state of Qatar”.
According to the Qatar chamber, bilateral trade volume between the countries reached US$600m in the first half of this year.
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