Qatar Turkey Defense Agreement

The ratification of new troops in Qatar by the Turkish parliament risks countering Qatar`s embargo beyond national borders. Saudi Arabia`s response is particularly important given the kingdom`s central role in staging the diplomatic crisis. 8 Al-Riyad and Okaz, two of Saudi Arabia`s leading newspapers, published abominable op-eds critical of Turkey, while the Saudi news site Ajil claimed to have unearthed documents proving that Doha and Ankara had worked together to „destabilize Arab countries” which referred to evidence that the two states had planned to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi. Saudi newspapers attack Turkey after its decision to send troops to Qatar – (Suhuf sa`udia tuhajim turkia ba`d qarariha nashr quwat fi qatar),” Arabi 21, 8 June 2017, Accessed on: 22 June 2017. Amal Raslan, „Secrets Qatari documents unearthed: Doha and Turkey, Involve the Arabs in the fall of Gaddafi – (Watha`iq qataria sirria takshif: al-doha khatatat ma` turkia li tawrit al-`arab fi isqat Al-qadhdha „, al-Youm al-Sabaa, access: On 22 June 2017.In the period of several hours after the Turkish Parliament vote, Saudi users of the Turkish media criticised the President. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Sabah, Al-Shafi stressed that he expected new agreements to be signed at the High Strategic Committee at the end of the month and that Qatar would have great confidence in Turkish industry. Ersoy, however, believes that the agreement is essential to create a legal basis and political legitimacy to support Ankara`s goals in the Gulf, even if the „Status of Forces Agreement” is not published. The Turkish government`s decision to send troops appears to have convinced the public in Qatar. Analysis of social media suggests that Qatar`s reactions to the impending operation have always been positive, praising the fraternal ties between the two countries through hashtags such as #ThankYouTurkey ()) and observing how the diplomatic crisis has made it possible to know who Qatar can count on #IveLearnedFromTheSiege. Similarly, Qatari news agencies made much of the number of posters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, adorning cars and walls throughout the peninsula, citing their fullness as evidence of internal political support for the Turkish intervention. Yenisafak, www.yenisafak.com/en/world/erdogan-posters-receive-great-interest-in-qatar-2716628, access to: 22 June 2017. sent to the shelves under the title „From Turkey by Air”, the tour on social networks as proof of the Munificence ankaras.twitter.com/taxi3201/status/87361210374442656, access June 22, 2017.

By a presidential decree (Decree 481) signed by President ERDO-AN on 10 December 2018 and published in the Official Journal on 21 December 2018, the 1st main management of the maintenance plant, Turkey`s highest maintenance and modernization plant, was transferred to BMC, a Turkish-Qatari joint company manufacturing armoured vehicles. The Qatari government owns 49.9% of BMC. As part of the agreement, which marks a new stage in defence cooperation between Turkey and Qatar, BMC will make an initial investment of $40 million to $50 million to modernize MBT`s assembly and production unit. BMC plans to transform the military plant into a mass production plant for altay MBT, Turkey`s first indigenous MBT. The facility is leased to BMC for a period of 25 years, according to the agreement. However, the Turkish government`s decision to privatize and lease the first main management of the maintenance plant, managed by the MoND-controlled Directorate General of Military Plants (AFGM), to the private company BMC was strongly criticized by the Turkish public and was ultimately decided to entrust the first main management of the maintenance to ASFAT Inc.