Turkey, Qatar share concerns in Syria, Iraq
Turkey and Qatar share the same concerns in Syria and Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, Anadolu Agency reported.
Addressing a joint press conference with visiting Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani at the presidential palace in Ankara, Erdogan said "standing together with the oppressed people of the world has always been our common concern."
Al-Thani said Turkey and Qatar had both correctly anticipated the Syria crisis. Referring to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the Emir said "we criticized Syrian regime's attitude together. We had already warned that the violence of the regime in Syria would lead to the rise of more violent organizations."
"We also reiterated our support for the Palestinian independence, the only colonized country in the modern world," he added.
Turkey and Qatar also signed a defense cooperation agreement during al-Thani's visit.
"The historic experience of Turkish army will contribute to a stronger Qatari army," the Qatari Emir said.
The Turkish president also highlighted economic ties between Turkey and Qatar. While he praised the $15 billion investments of Turkish companies in Qatar, Erdogan said the $600 million trade volume between the two countries needed further boost.
Turkey and Qatar have similar foreign policy stance on various issues, including the Syria crisis, where both sides agree that the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant should not dwarf efforts to dismantle Assad regime's terrorism in the country.