President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan commented on the current events after his visit to Qatar and answered journalists’ questions. President Erdoğan said, “I believe that we will reverse these currency attacks. As I always say, hopefully, this one will pass by.”
President Erdoğan reminded journalists that they held the 7th Meeting of the Supreme Strategic Committee in Doha upon the invitation of Emir Sheikh Tamim of Qatar.
Emphasising that they had highly fruitful meetings with Sheikh Tamim, both individually and between delegations, and that they reaffirmed their mutual political resolve to deepen and widen cooperation with Qatar, President Erdoğan added:
“The agreements we concluded have taken Türkiye-Qatar relations to a new level. We both expressed satisfaction with the distance we have covered in our bilateral relations in recent years. Once again, we discovered that our perspectives on regional and global issues are similar. We held signing ceremonies for 15 agreements to strengthen our cooperation in various fields further. We signed the Joint Statement of the 7th Meeting of the Türkiye-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee. Memorandums of understanding were signed between the Presidency’s Investment Office and Qatari Businessmen Association, between Türkiye’s Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organisation (KOSGEB) and the Qatar Development Bank, between Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) and the General Directorate of Civil Defence of Qatar, between the Presidency of Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs of Qatar. We signed the implementation schedule of our collaborative efforts in health and medical sciences, culture, youth and sports and standardisation. We also signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the field of protocol, as well as agreements on the organisation of large-scale events and the establishment of institutional cooperation between the Antalya Diplomacy Forum and the Doha Forum. In addition, cooperation deals were signed between Anadolu Agency and Qatar News Agency, between Fatih Sultan Mehmet University and Qatar Debate, and between Ibn Haldun University and Qatar University.
Stating that, following the signing of the agreements, he had the chance to address Turkish soldiers during his visit to the Türkiye-Qatar Combined Joint Task Force Command in Doha, President Erdoğan said that they met with Turkish soldiers, who selflessly represent their country and nation, and expressed their longings.
Relations with Gulf countries
Pointing out that they have strengthened bilateral relations with Qatar as a result of mutual contacts and consultations, President Erdoğan said:
“Türkiye-Qatar relations also contribute significantly to regional security and stability. Türkiye and Qatar have demonstrated their true friendship by acting in solidarity in difficult times. We must never forget Qatar’s solidarity for our country, particularly in the aftermath of the betrayal of July 15, 2016. We have taken every step possible to end the unjust blockade and sanctions imposed on our Qatari brothers and sisters. We will continue to stand with Qatar and our Qatari brothers and sisters inshallah. Türkiye does not isolate itself from the Gulf region’s stability, security, and development. I am also pleased that the conflict between Qatar and several other countries in the region has been resolved. We hope that relations between all brotherly countries in the region would improve significantly in the coming years.”
President Erdoğan added that on the evening of his arrival in Qatar, he had a family dinner with Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar and his spouse Sheikha Mozah, during which they had the opportunity to discuss the process from the beginning to the end.
President Erdoğan emphasised that Türkiye is always willing to contribute to addressing regional tensions, hoping that the visit and the agreements reached would lead to auspicious results for both countries.
Operation of Kabul Airport
Upon the question of a journalist, “Was there a meeting between Türkiye and Qatar on the operation of Kabul Airport?” President Erdoğan answered, “Yes, there was. In this regard, the Qatari side has currently settled on a private sector company. Likewise, the Turkish side has settled on a company. These companies will assist us in our efforts in cooperation with relevant officials by communicating with one another and negotiating with the Taliban. They will take over the operation of this airport in Kabul if favourable conditions, particularly in terms of security, are provided.”
Upon the question, ” The Council of Ministers of the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus took a decision last Thursday. In the 5th parcel, which includes Türkiye’s continental shelf, an exploration permit was granted to a joint venture between an American company and Qatar Petroleum. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to this matter. Was this issue brought up during the meeting?” President Erdoğan said:
“We underlined that this unilateral move by the Greek Cypriot Administration of Southern Cyprus disregards the rights of our country and Turkish Cypriots because a part of the said licence area violates Türkiye’s continental shelf in the Eastern Mediterranean and ignores the rights of the Turkish Cypriots, the co-owners of the Island. We, of course, reminded them about this matter. We also expressed our concerns. I hope they will overcome it. Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of course, will closely follow the issue.”