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Turkey, Qatar sign 15 new agreements

A handout picture taken and released on July 2, 2020 by the Turkish Presidential Press service shows Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (L) meets Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in Doha, Qatar. TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / AFP

Turkey and Qatar on Tuesday signed 15 new agreements to boost cooperation between the two countries, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani participated in the signing ceremony of 12 of the agreements in various areas, including trade, investment, development, culture, youth, sports, diplomacy, health, religious affairs and media.

Two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding on disaster and emergency management and an agreement to establish institutional cooperation between Turkey’s Antalya Diplomacy Forum and Qatar’s Doha Forum.

Turkey’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Development Organization (KOSGEB) and the Qatar Development Bank also inked a memorandum of understanding.

A deal between the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) and the Qatar General Organization for Standardization was also signed.

Another memorandum of understanding was signed by the Investment Office of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey and the Qatari Businessmen’s Association.

Anadolu and the Qatari News Agency are also expected to sign a cooperation agreement.

Erdoğan was earlier welcomed with an official ceremony by Al Thani, and the two had a one-on-one meeting at the Amiri Diwan, the emir’s office.

Erdoğan arrived in the Qatari capital of Doha on Monday for a two-day working visit at the invitation of Al Thani.

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