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Qatar-Turkey Launch Joint Commemorative Stamps

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Qatar Postal Services Company (Qatar Post) and the Turkish Postal Corporation (PTT) issued joint commemorative stamps to mark 45 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The stamp was unveiled yesterday at the Ministry of Transport and Communications in the presence of Chairman and Managing Director of Qatar Post, Faleh Mohammed Al Nuaimi, and the Turkish Ambassador to Qatar, Fikret Ozer, as well as a number of officials from both sides and a delegation of Turkish investors.

The stamps include images of popular historic landmarks in Qatar and Turkey. The first stamp bears pictures of the Zubara Fort and the Rumeli Fortress, while the second features Ankara Castle and Barzan Towers. The value of the stamp is estimated at QR8.50 and will be put up for sale soon.

Speaking on the occasion, Qatar Post Chairman and Managing Director Faleh Mohammed Al Nuaimi lauded the relations between the two nations, noting that stamps are the shortest and most powerful means of communication between nations, and it was customary to issue commemorative stamps to celebrate the historic turning points in the march of States.

“Last month we launched the Turkish market site and today we are pleased to issue commemorative stamps to celebrate 45 years of fruitful diplomatic relations between our two brotherly countries that have evolved over the years in many strategic areas including trade, investment and culture,” Al Nuaimi added.

Meanwhile, the launch of stamps was also celebrated by the Qatari Embassy in Ankara. The inauguration ceremony was held at the Postal Museum and was addressed by Director-General of the Turkish Postal Corporation, Kenan Bozgeyik.

Bozgeyik praised the Turkish relations and the joint cooperation initiatives between the Turkish Postal Corporation and Qatar Post. He also noted that the issuance of the commemorative stamps would perpetuate the fraternal relations between the two countries.

Qatar’s ambassador to Turkey, Salem bin Mubarak Al Shafi, said that the diplomatic relations between the two nations were established in 1973 based on brotherly relations, understanding and mutual respect, in addition to a great legacy of history and the common civilization of the two peoples.

He also added that the launch of joint bilateral initiatives by the postal corporations in the two countries, notably the e-market initiative a few months ago, is expected to achieve a quantum leap in the field of e-commerce and the provision of Turkish goods to the Qatari consumer at the lowest cost and as fast as possible.

The initiatives will encourage producers to adopt modern and sophisticated means to market their goods and increase their production through e-commerce. They will also open new horizons in the economic relations between the two countries and will contribute to achieving the great objectives of the Qatari and Turkish sides, the Ambassador said.

The ambassador stressed: “We believe that the official authorities in Qatar and Turkey are doing great work to keep the momentum in the strategic relations between the two countries, but that is not enough on its own. There is a need to push the private sector in both countries to expand its own initiatives and partnerships with each other and with the public sector in Qatar and Turkey as well”.

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