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Reports on Turkey-Qatar military training accords questioned by Erdogan critics

A military education agreement between Turkey and Qatar drew backlash from opposition members in Ankara after local media reporting misrepresented its content, though rumors persist.
A handout picture taken and released on July 2 , 2020, by the Turkish Presidential Press service shows Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) meeting Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in Doha, Qatar.

ISTANBUL — The deepening cooperation between strategic allies Turkey and Qatar has long drawn scrutiny from opposition parties in Ankara, and an accord published in the nation’s Official Gazette on June 24 stirred fresh controversy after its contents were misrepresented in local media reports.

Titled the Turkey-Qatar Military Health Education and Cooperation Protocol, the agreement establishes opportunities for both Turkish and Qatari military students to pursue diplomas from university programs involving dentistry, pharmaceutical and other health-related studies.

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