Erdogan gifts Qatar emir Turkish-made electric car, agree to boost economic ties

Ahram Online , AFP , Wednesday 19 Jul 2023

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to deepen bilateral cooperation, following an official talk between the two leaders at Lusail Palace in Doha on Tuesday evening.

Qatar s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani receiving Turkey s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at Lusail Palace in Doha on July 18, 2023. AFP


During the talks, Tamim and Erdogan affirmed the two countries' strong desire to strengthen trade exchange and economic relations, according to Qatar State News Agency (QNA).

Both sides agreed to intensify the work of the joint technical teams between them to identify the beneficial shared investment opportunities, especially in export funding, tourism, clean energy, and other fields of common interest.

During the visit, Erdogan gifted Tamim a Turkish-made electric car, Reuters’ footage showed.

The two heads of state also witnessed the signing of the joint statement between the two countries on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Erdogan arrived in Doha Tuesday, the second leg of a Gulf tour after a stop in Saudi Arabia where he clinched a deal to provide drones to the kingdom.

His Saudi stop saw the signing of several contracts, including the drone deal with the privately-owned Baykar, during a meeting between Erdogan and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Red Sea port of Jeddah on Monday, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

Erdogan's current Gulf trip comes as Turkey battles a currency collapse and soaring inflation that has battered its economy.

In March, Saudi Arabia deposited $5 billion in Turkey's central bank.

Following his stop in Qatar, Erdogan is set to travel to the United Arab Emirates, another oil-rich Gulf country with which Turkey recently mended ties.

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