Turkish troops are in Qatar where they are participating in joint exercises, the Qatari Ministry of Defense announced on Monday (June 19th) at a time of high tension in the Gulf. The exercise was expected to be ” long-standing, ” Doha said. But, nevertheless, it takes place against a background of a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors.
Turkish troops are in Qatar where they are participating in joint exercises, the Qatari Ministry of Defense announced Monday at a time of high tension in the Gulf.
The launch of the maneuvers took place Sunday in the Tarek-Ben-Ziyad military camp in Doha, the Ministry said in a statement relayed by Qatar’s official Qatar news agency.
“The exercise aims to increase the preparedness of Turkish and Qatari troops, to develop joint plans to fight extremism and terrorism and to plan peacekeeping before and after military operations,” added the Ministry.
The exercise was expected to be “long-standing”, he stressed but it is taking place against a background of a diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Arab neighbors.
“Even before the crisis, Turkey was already planning to establish a base in Qatar,” said Jean Marcou, a science Po teacher and a Turkish specialist. The current crisis and Turkey’s support to Qatar has revived this project to some extent, has even accelerated it. Both countries have long-standing common interests. There is both political and military support.”
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and other countries have broken off diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing it of ” supporting terrorism ” and coming closer to Iran, Ryad in the region.
Doha denied the accusations and blamed its neighbors for imposing economic restrictions comparable to a blockade.