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Turkey building new military base in Qatar

Turkey building new military base in Qatar
Ankara is expected to inaugurate a new Turkish military base in Qatar in autumn, according to a Turkey’s pro-government Hurriyet daily news report. 

The report says that the opening ceremony is expected to be attended by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“The military base in Qatar is getting bigger. A new base has been built near the Tariq Bin Ziyad military base,” the report said. Turkish soldiers have been deployed at Tariq Bin Ziyad military base since October 2015.

The report added that the number of soldiers will increase without disclosing their numbers out of consideration of “Turkey’s interests and security”.

“I can say that it will reach a drastic figure. Qatar also attaches a great deal of importance to this military base,” she revealed.

Ankara and Doha formed a higher strategic committee in 2015 in order to bolster their relations.

Qatar had also resorted to Turkish security support after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt launched a boycott of Doha in 2017 for its continued support for extremist groups.

After the boycott, Ankara has boosted its presence at the Qatari base that can host some 3,000 soldiers.
Last Modified: Tuesday، 20 August 2019 03:55 AM