The Qatari Defense Ministry announced on July 12 the arrival of the fifth batch of Turkish Army troops to Qatar.
“Following the arrival of this reinforcement and its joining the Turkish forces currently in Doha (Tariq Bin Ziyad Mechanic Battalion military camp), It began its training activities in the framework of joint military cooperation between the State of Qatar and the brotherly Republic of Turkey,” the ministry said in its Twitter account.
Meanwhile, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Asheq contacted Saudi Defense Minister and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and both sides announced that they had discussed bilateral and military relations. At the same time one of the demands of Saudi Arabia and its allies to Doha is the withdrawal of Turkish forces from Qatar.
In a separate development, Turkish Economy Minister Nihad Zibekji announced that Ankara have sent 197 cargo planes, 16 trucks and one vessel to Qatar to meet its daily needs since the outbreak of the crisis last month between Qatar and Gulf countries.
On June 13, Turkey sent a military delegation to Doha in preparation for the deployment of Turkish troops in Qatar after Turkish Parliament approved on June 7 an agreement to strengthening military cooperation between Turkey and Qatar, granting Ankara the right to establish military bases in Doha, and the deployment of military forces.