Turkey is planning to deploy air and naval forces in Qatar, the richest Middle Eastern country, after the deployment of the ground troops.
Turkish ground troops are already stationed in Qatar since 2015 following an agreement between Qatar and Turkey.
Turkey and Qatar exercise friendship thanks to Turkey’s Erdogan and the Qatar Emir Tamim’s good mutual relations.
The Turkish ambassador to Qatar, Fikret Ozer told the reporters in Doha, “According to the agreement signed between Qatar and Turkey in 2014, all ground, air, and naval forces will be deployed to Qatar.”
He didn’t specify any timetable for the move, though.
Ambassador Ozer said the countries will determine the “timeline of the construction of the necessary infrastructure and when these forces will be deployed through talks.”
The Turkish move to set up naval and air forces is part of an agreement which led Turkey to station its soldiers in the Gulf state in 2015.
The first batch of the Turkish ground troops arrived the Tariq Bin Ziyad military base in 2015.
“According to the agreement signed between Qatar and Turkey in 2014, all ground, air, and naval forces will be deployed to Qatar.”
The first such installation for Turkey in the south of Doha can accommodate up to 5,000 soldiers in the camp.
The number of the soldiers currently staying in Qatar is unspecified as well. “That information would be disclosed if our Qatari brothers agree to share that,” the Turkish ambassador said. “We are guests here; they are the host”.
The Turkish President Erdogan has been a staunch supporter of Qatar ever since the Gulf countries cut ties with Qatar in accusation of terrorism and some other allegations which Qatar rejected as lies.
Ankara, in its pursuit to increase influence in the region, went on supporting Qatar. The Turkish parliament “fast-tracked the Turkish-Qatari agreement in question along with another agreement that allows the Turkish military to train Qatari security forces,” the Doha based Al Jazeera spelled out.
The Turkish government has been trying to mediate negotiations between the Gulf countries ever since the crisis erupted.
But the Gulf nations who severed diplomatic ties with Qatar rejected the efforts by the Turkish President Erdogan to mediate negotiations.
The countries severed ties with Qatar have also demanded to shut down the Turkish military station in Qatar.