Qatari emir to visit Turkey for better bilateral ties

2017-09-13 16:25:52 GMT2017-09-14 00:25:52(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

ANKARA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will visit Ankara Thursday and meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for boost of bilateral ties, the presidential press office said Wednesday.

Bilateral relations between Turkey and Qatar, regional and international situation are expected to be discussed in the planned meeting, the press office said in a statement.

The statement comes after Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani met Tuesday with Erdogan in Ankara.

Since the inter-Arab diplomatic rift began in June, Ankara has been trying to play a role as a mediator between Qatar and the Gulf countries.

Turkey has delivered food supplies to Qatar both by air and sea after a number of Arab countries imposed blockade on the oil-rich country.

The latest reports indicate that Turkey's exports to Qatar hiked to 165 million U.S. dollars in the past three months, with a remarkable upsurge of 84 percent year on year.

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