Turkey opens military base in Qatar

Turkey signed a formal agreement with Qatar on 28 April to form a joint military base in the Gulf country.

The Qatari base will become Turkey’s first foreign military base in the Gulf, with the agreement being signed in Doha by Turkish defence minister Ismet Yilmaz and his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah.

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who witnessed the signing of the agreement, said that “today our joint military base is formally set up”. He added that there are big defence industry co-operation opportunities between the two countries.

The military base will be of brigade level and commanded by a Turkish brigadier general.

Full article: Turkey opens military base in Qatar (IHS Jane’s 360)

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