Turkey will establish a military base in Qatar as part of a defence agreement aimed at helping them confront "common enemies," Turkey's ambassador to Qatar said on Wednesday.
Establishment of the base, part of an agreement signed in 2014 and ratified by Turkey's parliament in June, intensifies the partnership with Qatar at a time of rising instability and a perceived waning of U.S. interest in the region.
The two countries, both economic heavyweights, have stood against military coup in Egypt, backed opposition fighting to overthrow Bashar al-Assad and raised the alarm about creeping Iranian influence in the region. Both have condemned Russia's intervention on the side of Assad's forces fighting in Syria. The envoy, Ahmet Demirok, told Reuters that 3,000 ground troops would be stationed at the base - Turkey's first overseas military installation in the Middle East - as well as air and naval units, military trainers and special operations forces. The "multi-purpose" base will primarily serve as a venue for joint training exercises. The agreement also grants Qatar the option of setting up its own base in Turkey, he said in an interview.
"Turkey and Qatar face common problems and we are both very concerned about developments in the region and uncertain policies of other countries ... We confront common enemies. At this critical time for the Middle East cooperation between us is vital," Demirok said.
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