Members of the Qatari Armed Forces take part in a military parade during National Day celebrations in Doha December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad (QATAR - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY MILITARY) - RTR3BPFW

BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 P.M.) – Qatar has announced on Sunday the opening of the Khaled Bin Walid Base that they will share with the Turkish Armed Forces.

The Qatari news agency said that the Qatari Minister of Defense, Khalid bin Muhammad Al-Attiyah, and his Turkish counterpart, Hulusi Akar, inaugurated the new headquarters of the Joint Military Operations Command, which is located in the capital city of Doha.

The agency stated that the opening of this headquarters was part of a large group of military cooperation negotiations between the two countries, which began since late November.

They noted that the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, visited the newly built Turkish military base in Qatar within the fifth meeting of the Turkish-Qatari Supreme Strategic Committee.

Turkey had deployed its forces at a military base in Qatar since 2017; this came after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain launched a boycott campaign against the small Gulf nation and closed all land, sea and air borders after Qatar was accused of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region.

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