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Turkish foreign minister hails ties with Qatar

'Relations between our 2 countries are excellent in all areas,' says Mevlut Cavusoglu

Faruk Zorlu   | 01.11.2018
Turkish foreign minister hails ties with Qatar Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (L) shakes hands with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (R) as they pose for a photo in Doha, Qatar on November 01, 2018. ( Cem Özdel - Anadolu Agency )

Ankara

By Tevfik Durul and Haydar Karaalp

ANKARA

Turkey's foreign minister on Thursday hailed the state of bilateral relations with Qatar.

Speaking at a meeting with Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani in Doha, Mevlut Cavusoglu said: "Relations between two countries are excellent in all areas."

"Our views overlap because our goal is peace, tranquility, and stability in the region," he added.

Turkey backed Qatar in the Gulf crisis that erupted in June 2017 when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the U.A.E., and Bahrain cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar.

The four states accused Qatar of supporting terrorist groups, allegations Doha denies, describing the embargo as a breach of its national sovereignty.

Meeting with Cavusoglu, Al Thani said he wants "to further develop relations between the two countries."

During Cavusoglu's visit to Qatar, the latest regional developments will be discussed and preparations for the fourth meeting of the Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee will be reviewed.

The third Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee meeting was held last November.


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