Pakistan to send soldiers to Qatar

Following Turkey’s decision to deploy troops in Qatar, Pakistan took a similar step, by deciding to send twenty thousand soldiers to the region

After the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) decided to deploy troops in Qatar, Pakistan also took action to send soldiers to Qatar. Pakistan has passed a motion to send twenty thousand soldiers to Qatar.

Turkey launched diplomatic initiatives to defuse the tension in the region after nine countries, including Saudi Arabia and Egypt, cut their diplomatic ties with Qatar, and tried to impose an embargo on the country. Within this framework, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke to the leaders of the countries in the region, and called for dialogue for settlement of the crisis.

Turkey’s president ratifies Qatar military deals

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan late on Thursday ratified two deals on deploying Turkish troops in Qatar and training the Gulf nation’s gendarmerie, according to the presidency.

Turkey’s parliament had ratified the decision of sending troops to the region, within the framework of the military base agreement which was agreed to by Qatar and Turkey in 2014, and was signed in 2015.

The deal on deploying troops on Qatari soil, aimed at improving the country’s armed forces and boosting military cooperation, had been signed in April in Doha.

Under the bill, the two countries’ armies will also be able to carry out joint exercises. The move aims to contribute to regional and world peace.

In addition, Turkish gendarmes will be able to train Qatari forces, under another deal between the two countries’ interior ministries in December 2015.

Turkey, Pakistan will also provide support to defusing the tension in the region, by sending twenty thousand soldiers to Qatar.