Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu met his Qatari counterpart on Thursday ahead of the Turkey-Qatar Supreme Strategic Committee meeting in the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.

We evaluated the steps that will further strengthen our excellent relations, said Cavusoglu on Twitter, adding that Qatar’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani shared his consensus on regional and international issues.

Ankara and Doha enjoy strong relations, particularly since the 2017 blockade of the Gulf country by Saudi Arabia and others.

The two countries have strengthened military and economic ties in recent years.

Cavusoglu calls Turkish Cypriot president

Earlier on Thursday, Cavusoglu held a phone conversation with President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) Ersin Tatar, said diplomatic sources.

They discussed Tatar’s recent contacts on the Cyprus issue, added the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Tatar and Greek Cypriot administration’s leader Nikos Anastasiadis met for the first time at an informal meeting on Nov. 3 at the residence of UN’s Special Representative for Cyprus Elizabeth Spehar in the buffer zone in Lefkosa.

*Writing by Havva Kara Aydin

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