Fikret Ozer, Ambassador of Turkey to Qatar, said that the presence of Turkish troops in Qatar is aimed to maintain peace and stability.
“The existence of Turkish soldiers performing a duty kilometres away from their families, but in a brotherly country Qatar, aims at peace, stability and friendship in the world besides at home,” the Ambassador said while addressing a ceremony to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Victory and Armed Forces Day of the Republic of Turkey.
He further said that Turkey had exerted effort to enhance peace in the region. “With the motto ‘peace at home, peace abroad’, Turkey has preferred brotherhood and friendship to blood and tear,” he noted.
The defence cooperation between two nations is based on agreement signed in 2014, Turkey’s parliament immediately ratified military deals as soon as the crisis broke out, which allowed the troops to be deployed in Qatar.
Recently, Turkish and Qatari navies carried out a joint exercise in Qatar as part of the same agreement.
The ambassador further said: “Our country, prioritising respect to rights of its neighbours and seriously striving to solve conflicts as in Iraq and Syria, will maintain to make contribution to peace of region and world.”
Appreciating soldiers of August 30, 1922 Victory, he said: “95 years ago today, the Turkish Army ended four years invasion period in Dumlupınar and declared that Anatolia is the homeland of Turks forever with motto “what makes flag as flag is the blood on it, if there is someone who is giving up the life for the sake of the land, that land is the homeland”. The Noble Turkish Army drawing its strength from its people and the God defended the soils of the homeland despite all harsh conditions of the era.”