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Turkey and Qatar sign cooperation agreements

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cemented his country’s alliance with Qatar during a visit to Doha, signing agreements on disaster management, banking and more.
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Entities from Turkey and Qatar signed a flurry of cooperation agreements today during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to Doha. 

Turkey’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Development Organization signed a memorandum of understanding with the Qatar Development Bank. The Turkish presidency’s Investment Office also inked a memorandum of understanding with the Qatari Businessmen’s Association. The Turkish and Qatari governments also signed a memorandum on disaster and emergency management, among other agreements, Turkey’s official Anadolu Agency reported. A memorandum of understanding refers to a signed document between entities expressing a shared will. 

The signing ceremony constituted the seventh round of Turkey and Qatar’s Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement. 

Turkey and Qatar are close allies. Both states are generally supportive of Islamist causes in the Middle East, and agree on many regional issues. Turkey backed Qatar during its diplomatic conflict with Saudi Arabia, which ended in January. 

Ankara and Doha have signed many similar agreements in the past. In June, the two countries signed an educational exchange agreement for military students. 

Both Erdogan and Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani attended the signing ceremony for the agreements. 

Erdogan said ahead of his trip to Qatar that he is seeking to strengthen relations with Gulf states. Turkey’s relations with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are relatively more cold, though Turkey and the UAE are currently working to mend ties. Qatar has largely repaired its ties with Saudi Arabia and the UAE following the Gulf diplomatic crisis.