03 Jan 2018 - 10:08

Cementing bonds

The Peninsula

The depth of relations and ambit of bilateral cooperation between Qatar and Turkey is increasing with every passing day as the two time-tested friends are cementing their bonds with new partnerships from military relations to expanding economic ties.

In a latest move, Qatar and Turkey launched ‘Turkish Souq’, an e-commerce platform, which will provide access to up to five million Turkish products to the people of Qatar. It is a joint venture of Qatar Post and Turkish Post (PTT).

Speaking at the launching ceremony of Turkish Souq, Minister of Transport and Communications H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti said that the launch of the platform would revolutionise e-commerce in Qatar. 

“The depth of Qatari-Turkish bilateral relations and constructive co-operation in the fields of post, transport, ports, and aviation, whose foundations were laid by Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani and the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan cannot be overemphasised,” the Minister added.

In the first phase, through this e-commerce platform Turkish products will be at one-click-away from people of Qatar but as Qatar Post Chairman and Managing Director Faleh Al Naemi has said reciprocal services will be offered allowing Qatari e-commerce companies to sell their products in Turkey.

Q-Post has partnered up with the Turkish Post to give you access to Turkish vendors directly. It offers an international shopping and shipping service directly from Turkey to customers’ doorsteps in Qatar.

Addressing the launching ceremony via video call from Turkey, Ahmet Arslan, Turkish Minister of Transport, Marine Affairs and Communications said that Turkey wanted to enhance cooperation with Qatar in all fields.

Arslan said that cooperation between two countries’ postal services was an indicator of brotherhood and long-lasting relations between the two countries. “This cooperation will not be limited and will cover all areas and this bilateral cooperation will also help us cooperate with other countries as well.”

“The relationship between Turkey and Qatar has gone a long way and the two brotherly countries are partners in progress. It is my great pleasure to witness the launch of yet another platform for bilateral trade relationship between the two countries,” he said.

Immediately after imposition of siege against Qatar in June last year by Saudi-led alliance, Turkey sent cargo ships and hundreds of planes loaded with food items to help Qatar offset the blockade and the volume of this trade is still growing.

Qatar and Turkey are also enjoying strong military cooperation. Last month, a new batch of Turkish soldiers arrived at Turkey’s military base in Qatar as part of a joint defence agreement between the two countries signed in 2014. The new arrivals will hold training with Qatar’s armed forces to boost joint military capabilities.