Doha / Information Office / February 11
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani praised bilateral relations and the strategic cooperation between the State of Qatar and the Republic of Turkey in all fields whether political, or in terms of the economy and other fields.
His Excellency, in a joint press conference with HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu, praised the outcomes of the 6th Session of Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee held in Nov. 26 last year and yielded 10 agreements in different fields.
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs highlighted the importance of the visit of HE the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey to Qatar today, adding that they discussed a number of regional issues. His Excellency also expressed his thanks to the Republic of Turkey for supporting the GCC reconciliation and the outcomes of Al-Ula summit. He added that the two sides discussed developments of the Iran nuclear program, and said that both Turkey and Qatar call on the US and Iran to work in resolving the crisis diplomatically.
His Excellency also expressed his appreciation of Turkey's support of stability and the transitional process in Libya, welcoming the election of an interim executive authority in Libya that took place recently, saying it is a landmark in the progress of the Libyan people. His Excellency stressed the State of Qatar's support to their brothers in Libya as they look to emerge out of the crisis smoothly and hold elections that are fair, transparent, and meets the aspirations of the Libyan people.
HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani that the two sides also discussed a number of regional issues that included developments in Syria and Iraq, as well as the peace process in Afghanistan. His Excellency stressed that Qatar and Turkey enjoy distinguished, strategic ties. His Excellency said that Qatar is always happy with visits from Turkish officials to Qatar where they can discuss a variety of topics, adding that he looks forward for increased bilateral cooperation and continued consultations.
For his part, HE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Mevlut Cavusoglu expressed his delight at being in Qatar. He said that his meeting in Doha today focused on discussing the outcomes of the 6th Session of Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee, stressing that ties between Qatar and Turkey are going from strength to strength. He noted that the two sides want to increase bilateral trade volume and work together more in different fields, expressing his delight with working on enhancing Qatari-Turkish ties in different fields. HE the Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs also praised the State of Qatar's efforts in hosting the World Cup 2022.
His Excellency praised the normalization of ties between parties involved in the GCC crisis, expressing his country's thanks to the State of Kuwait for the role it played in that regard, and expressed his hope that ties between the region's countries return to normal. He added that opening the airspace was a start, stressing that strong ties between neighbors benefits development and the security of the entire region.
HE the Turkish Foreign Minister noted that there were other issues in the region. He said that everyone must work together to solve those problems, especially the ones related to American-Iranian ties in terms of the sanctions imposed on Iran, and the US' withdrawal from the agreement on Iran's nuclear program. He stressed that Turkey and Qatar can make a contribution to resolve all these issues.
He also expressed his hope that the crisis in Yemen will end and that the country will regain security and peace. He expressed his appreciation to the UN efforts to regain security and peace in Yemen.
Cavusoglu said that developments in Libya were positive, and expressed his hope that the new government can assume power smoothly. He stressed that Turkey is working on supporting the peaceful political process in Libya, noting that talks in Qatar touched on that issue and stressed Turkey's continued support to the Libyan people.
He said that his talks with HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs also focused on the Syrian issue, saying he hopes that it can be resolved through a political process similar to Libya. He stressed that a peaceful, political resolution was the only option for those two issues, saying he was pleased that Qatar and Turkey share the same position in that regard.
His Excellency said that he also discussed Palestinian developments during his meetings in Doha, stressing that Qatar and Turkey support a political resolution in Palestine.
He noted that talks related to the Afghan issue in Doha wee very difficult, expressing his appreciation for the leading role played by the State of Qatar in that regard. He said that Qatar played a great role in that regard that Turkey supports and appreciates. He revealed that his country is in communication with the Afghan side and will host Afghan meetings soon. He noted that both Turkey and Qatar were cooperating to resolve this issue, praising Qatar's soft power saying Turkey realizes they are very important.