Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was scheduled to have a tête-à-tête meeting with new Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Friday in İstanbul to discuss the latest developments in the region, particularly with regard to the situation in Syria and Egypt, Turkish diplomatic sources have said.
This is the emir’s first visit to Turkey since he came to power. Former Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani unexpectedly abdicated in favor of his son Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim in late June.
The visit comes amid the Syrian crisis that is dominating the international agenda. Turkey and Qatar have adopted a similar stance regarding the Syrian conflict in the diplomatic sphere. They are the two countries most staunchly seeking the fall of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria. Both countries have previously hosted a series of meetings to find a solution to the crisis.
Damascus accuses foreign powers — including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and neighboring Turkey — of supporting Syrian opposition forces struggling to topple Assad and of destroying stability in Syria and meddling in its internal affairs.