First batch of Turkish troops arrives in Doha for joint exercises
Qatar’s blockade by some GCC countries passed the first week and there seems to be no end in sight.
Turkey has stood with Qatar all through the blockade and the country has now sent its first batch of troops to Qatar for a joint military exercise, reported Gulf Times. They arrived in Doha as part of signed agreements between the two countries.
The Ministry of Defence’s Directorate of Moral Guidance said that the forces started its first military exercise yesterday at the Tariq bin Ziyad battalion camp in Doha, reported The Peninsula.
The exercises are aimed at raising the Qatari and Turkish fighting efficiency and develop a joint plan to fight extremism and terrorism. The exercises will also focus on peacekeeping operations before and after military operation.
The first of the exercises began with a presentation from Turkish ground military vehicles inside the battalion.
The arrival of Turkish troops comes a few days after the Turkish parliament decided to deploy Turkish troops to Qatar and the decision’s ratification by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The exercises, which have been planned for some time, is aimed to help improve the defence capabilities of both sides through joint exercises.
People from Turkey had expressed their solidarity with Qatar in a number of ways and Turkish milk and other products have been a big hit in the country.