DOHA: The Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is scheduled to visit Turkey today.
During the one-day visit, the Emir will meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss relations and latest regional developments, including Syria.
Talking to Al Sharq yesterday, Gul’s Adviser, Irshad Hormuzlu, praised the growing relations between Turkey and Qatar.
“Relations are excellent in all aspects and the Emir’s visit will further bolster them.
“The visit comes as part of continuing consultations between both countries. The leaders will discuss bilateral issues and those concerning the region and latest developments in the Syrian issue,” said Hormuzlu.
Asked if economic relations between both countries would also be discussed, besides political issues, Hormuzlu said all matters will be covered during talks.
There will be a clear agenda for the meeting between the Emir and the President.
The Emir and his delegation will have detailed talks with Erdogan in Istanbul in the afternoon.
On Turkey’s views about the just-concluded Geneva II negotiations between the Syrian regime and the opposition, Hormuzlu said the international community should take full responsibility for the issue.
“We are following it up and are anxious about what happened in Geneva because some sides are ignoring ground realities. They seem to be isolated from what is actually happening in Syria,” said Hormuzlu.
“We hope the Syrian people would get their legitimate demands like freedom, democracy and transparency,” he added.
Turkish Ambassador Ahmet Demorok, meanwhile, said this is the second visit of the Emir to Turkey and it will strengthen bilateral relations in all areas, including the political, cultural and economic fields.
The volume of trade between both countries has crossed $1bn. Turkish companies are carrying out giant projects in Qatar, especially in the construction sector, he said, adding 60 firms are working in Qatar and 35 of them are involved in projects worth $35bn.