QATAR SAYS MORE TURKISH TROOPS HAVE ARRIVED AT ITS MILITARY BASE

DOHA, Qatar, Qatar said, on Tuesday, more Turkish troops had arrived at a military base in Doha, after Ankara fast-tracked legislation last month, for more soldiers to be deployed there.

Training has been ongoing since Jun 19. The base in Qatar houses Turkish soldiers, under an agreement signed in 2014.

Ankara has backed Qatar, after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, cut all economic and diplomatic ties this month, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, a charge it denies.

"This defence cooperation, between Doha and Ankara, is part of their common defence vision, to support anti- terrorism efforts, and maintain security and stability in the region," a statement by Qatar's Armed Forces, said.

The statement did not give the number of Turkish troops at the base, nor how many had just joined, to bolster the deployment.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK