Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan is set to visit the Gulf nations of Qatar and Kuwait on Wednesday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday.
Erdoğan will hold a meeting with Qatar’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the ally country and meet in Kuwait with the country’s new ruler, Emir Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Anadolu said.
Relations between Ankara and Doha have been strengthened, particularly since a diplomatic crisis with Qatar erupted on June 5, 2017, when the Arab quartet accused the Gulf country of supporting Islamist groups, also backed by Turkey, and having close relations with Iran, with the aim of destabilising the region and threatening the security of neighbouring countries.
Qatar is also one of the few Arab countries that supports Turkey’s intervention in Libya, with both countries throwing their weight behind oil rich North African country’s U.N.-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA).
Turkey has strengthened ties with Kuwait in recent years with deals in several areas, including economic, trade and defence.
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah has passed away at the age of 91 on September 29 in the United States.Al-Sabbah ruled Kuwait for 14 years.