Qatari emir visits Turkey for talks with Gül, Erdoğan

Qatari emir visits Turkey for talks with Gül, Erdoğan

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. (Photo: Reuters)

July 15, 2014, Tuesday/ 18:00:37/ TODAY'S ZAMAN / ISTANBUL
Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani visited Turkey on Tuesday to meet with President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
 
Regional issues including the civil war in Syria, ongoing turmoil in Iraq and Israeli attacks on Gaza were on the agenda of the meetings between the leaders.
 
After coming to power, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad's first visit to Turkey was in late September.
 
In addition to the meeting of the three leaders, Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah met with Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu.
 
During his tour of the Gulf countries of Qatar and Bahrain, Davutoğlu met with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad in November 2013 in Turkey's first official visit to Qatar after the emir assumed the title. Although they had met at international events, this was Turkey's first official visit to Qatar after Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad came to power.
 
Erdoğan and the Qatari emir also had a phone conversation over the weekend about Israeli attacks on Gaza.   
 
Since Israel's deployment of tanks near the border of the Gaza Strip on Friday, Prime Minister Erdoğan has increased telephone diplomacy and spoken with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, French President François Hollande, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Qatar emir about the developments in Gaza.
 
Erdoğan also talked spoke over the phone with Iranian President Rouhani about Israel's offensive in Gaza on Friday. According to media reports, both leaders agreed that Israel must halt the attacks and that the entire international community, particularly Muslim countries, should take steps to initiate a ceasefire.

According to Turkish media reports that cited sources in the Prime Ministry, Erdoğan's increased diplomatic efforts have centered around calls for taking immediate steps towards halting Israeli strikes on Gaza and returning the two parties to the terms of their 2012 ceasefire.
 
During a phone conversation with the Qatari emir on Saturday, Erdoğan emphasized the need to stop the Gaza offensive and said that stability in the region can only be ensured through a fair and comprehensive peace agreement.
 
Turkey and Qatar have also adopted a similar diplomatic stance towards the Syrian conflict as the two countries with the strongest calls for the fall of President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria. Both countries have hosted a series of meetings to find a solution to the crisis.