Doha, Qatar. Wasting no time at all, Turkey is now looking into setting up a military base inside its new best friend nation-Qatar.A three-person Turkish military delegation arrived in Qatar yesterday to explore and prepare for the establishment of a military base to deploy Turkish military troops in Qatar, the Turkish General Staff announced in an official statement yesterday.
“Our three-person delegation was sent to Qatar on June 12. It continues to work on the preparation of a base for deploying the Turkish troops, carrying out the necessary work and establishing coordination,” the statement said.
The Turkish parliament approved a draft law recently that authorises the deployment of Turkish armed forces in Qatar according a previous protocol between the two countries. The national assembly also passed a bill on cooperation between Turkey and Qatar to train police and security forces between the two countries.
Ambassador to Qatar, Ahmet Demirok says some 3,000 soldiers of the ground forces, servicemen of the country’s air forces and navy, as well as instructors and special forces, will be deployed on the base in Qatar.
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ratified the parliament’s bill authorising the implementation of the agreement of deploying Turkish military personnel in Qatar.
The agreement came amid an ongoing diplomatic row between Qatar and other Arab states.Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and embargoed all sea, air and land traffic to the country, accusing Doha of “supporting terrorists and destabilising the Middle East.” Several states in the region have followed the historical move.