Bilateral Political Relations between Turkey and Qatar

Turkey has deep-rooted friendship and fraternity ties with Qatar and enjoys excellent relations. The relations between the two countries have been rapidly improving in all fields. Intensive bilateral visits at all levels and in all fields add a major impetus to bilateral relations between Turkey and Qatar. Both countries also closely coordinate and cooperate on regional issues.

“The Supreme Strategic Committee” between Turkey and Qatar was established in 2014 as a bilateral mechanism for high-level dialogue and cooperation. The first meeting of this Committee was convened in Doha on 2 December 2015, while its second meeting took place in Trabzon on 18 December 2016 under the co-chairmanship of H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Emir of Qatar H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. The Third Meeting of the Supreme Strategic Committee was held in Doha on 14-15 November 2017, again under the co-chairmanship of H.E. President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the Emir of Qatar, H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. During those meetings, various agreements, protocols and memoranda of understanding were signed, further strengthening Turkey’s relations with Qatar.

As a result of the aforementioned three meetings of The Supreme Strategic Committee, a total of 40 agreements were signed.

Cooperation with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) constitutes another pillar of Turkey’s bilateral relations with Qatar. In this regard, the High Level Strategic Dialogue mechanism existing between Turkey and the GCC also provides a useful platform for Turkey’s cooperation with Qatar on bilateral and regional issues.