11/15/2017 10:39:22 PM

Erdogan signals the “readiness” to help Qatar for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Erdogan signals the “readiness” to help Qatar for 2022 FIFA World Cup

Doha: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pledged his country's continued military support for Qatar during a visit to Doha on Wednesday, according to state media, amid an ongoing Gulf political crisis.

Erdogan also signalled the “readiness” of Turkey's private sector to help Qatar with its multi-billion projects for the 2022 football World Cup, according to the Qatar News Agency.

He held talks with Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani during the visit, reported QNA.

It also said the two countries signed a number of financial, tourism and research agreements.

"Erdogan stressed the continued support of Turkey to the State of Qatar in various fields, especially in the industrial and military," read the QNA statement.

Turkey has a military base in Qatar, which Ankara says has facilities for around 3,000 troops.

During Wednesday's visit, Erdogan visited the Turkish military base with senior Qatari officials, including Defence Minister Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah.

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