Qatar–Turkey relations

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Turkey–Qatar relations
Map indicating locations of Turkey and Qatar



Qatar and Turkey enjoy a problem-free relationship. There is ongoing cooperation and dialogue on the regional and international issues.

Political relations[edit]

Current high level visits have given a new momentum to the bilateral relations between the two countries. The visit of Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani to Turkey on 25–26 December 2001 paved the way drawing the legal framework of economic and military cooperation through signing of the Agreement on Prevention of Double Taxation, the Agreement on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments, and the Cooperation Agreement on Military Fields.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accompanied by Minister of Energy and Minister of Finance, paid an official visit to Qatar between 13 and 15 April 2005. The Prime Minister also attended Doha VIII Democracy, Development and Free Trade Forum as a keynote speaker. During the visits, both sides agreed to improve the relations especially in the economic and energy fields and strengthen their cooperation on the regional issues.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani made a working visit to Turkey between 7 and 8 March 2007.

Turkey's President Abdullah Gül, accompanied by Minister of Finance, Minister of Energy, Minister of Public Work and Settlement, and a large group of businessmen, paid an official visit to Qatar between 5 and 7 February 2008, during which the 1st Turkish-Qatari Business Forum was also held.

Foreign Minister Ali Babacan visited Qatar to attend “The US-Islamic World Forum” as a keynote speaker organized by Qatari Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the US based Brookings Institution, as well as to have a bilateral meeting with his colleague Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem bin Jabor Al Thani.

On 4 December 2013, Erdogan inaugurated the new headquarters of the country's embassy in Doha and announced the establishment of a Turkish cultural center in Qatar.[1]

It was announced that Turkey and Qatar agreed to establish a cooperation council called High-level Strategic Cooperation Council on January 19, 2015.[2] The decision was taken after a meeting between the countrys foreign ministers Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah concerning the recent mutual diplomatic shifts away from Egypt since Abdel Fattah el-Sisi rose to power in 2014.[3]

Economic relations[edit]

On 11 June 2008, Qatar Investment Authority and Turkey Investment Support and Promotion Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and it opened a comprehensive cooperation between two countries.[citation needed] Bilateral co-operation mechanisms consist of on Joint Economic Commission (JEC) and Business Council. III. JEC Meeting was held in Istanbul between Turkey and Qatar on 19–21 November 2006. Turkey-Qatar Business Council Meeting held in Istanbul on 20 April 2008 was realised with the participation of Industry and Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan.


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