Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leaving for Qatar on a two-day visit. The main purpose of his visit is to enhance cooperation between the two countries. Al Jazeera quoted Turkish media as saying on Monday (December 6th).
According to a report, Erdogan and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will chair the 7th Qatar-Turkey Supreme Strategic Committee meeting on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a delegation of Turkish ministers and business leaders will meet with Qatari authorities.
Mostafa Goksu, Turkey’s ambassador to Qatar, said the conference would sign agreements on a wide range of issues, including culture, trade, investment, relief, sports, development, health, and religion.
He said the two countries have signed a number of agreements since the first meeting of the Supreme Strategic Committee in 2015. He also hoped that trade between Doha and Ankara would increase this year compared to last year.
In 2016, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt imposed sanctions on Qatar. Since then, bilateral relations between Turkey and Qatar have been growing.
Meanwhile, Turkey’s foreign exchange reserves have begun to decline due to the economic crisis and the rapid depreciation of the lira. As a result, the country is under a lot of pressure. The lira has lost 40 percent of its value this year. Turkey’s finance minister has been replaced for the second time in a year amid unrest. Nureddin Nebati took over as the new finance minister last Thursday (December 2nd).