An agreement has been reached by Qatar, Turkey and Iran to transport Turkish goods to Qatar via Iran. “The verbal agreement will become an official agreement within days,” Turkish Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekc said.
The minister recently met his Qatari counterpart HE Sheikh Ahmed bin Jassim bin Mohamed al-Thani, and discussed about the transport of goods by road from Turkey to Iranian ports, from where the goods can be imported to Qatar through Ro-Ro ships.
Ro-Ro ships (Roll-on/roll-off) ships are vessels designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars, that are driven on and off the ship on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle, such as a self-propelled modular transporter.
“The transfer by sea will be important, and we plan to send at least four large vessels to Qatar every month. The other alternative is to transport by land flexible and small packages, “said the Turkish minister, stressing at the same time that the transfer of some Turkish products will continue by air, especially fresh milk and chicken meat.
Zeybekci informed that technical delegations would meet this week to discuss the plans. Meanwhile the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) and the Qatar National Research Fund are to begin implementing the cyber security part of the agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation signed between both sides.