DOHA, Qatar

Turkey’s president met with the leader of Qatar on Wednesday as part of a single-day working visit to the Gulf country.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan landed at 2.20 p.m. local time (1120GMT) at Doha Airport, where he was welcomed by a Qatari delegation headed by Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah and Turkey’s Ambassador to Qatar Mehmet Mustafa Goksu.

The closed-door meeting, held at Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani’s Sea Palace, lasted for roughly an hour.

Accompanying the president were several top Turkish officials, including Treasury and Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, Youth and Sports Minister Mehmet Kasapoglu, National Intelligence Organization (MIT) head Hakan Fidan, Communications Director Fahrettin Altun and presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin.

Earlier in the day, Erdogan visited Kuwait, the first destination of his visit, to convey his condolences to recently sworn-in Emir Al-Sabah over the passing of his predecessor Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, who recently died at age 91.

* Writing by Zehra Nur Duz in Ankara

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