Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamid bin Khalifa Al Thani, discussed energy issues and commercial relations between their two countries during a meeting at a hotel in the resort town of Bodrum on Tuesday.
Sources quoted Erdoğan as saying during the meeting that the two countries are seeking closer cooperation in energy and that a natural-gas pipeline “would solve the issue.”
Erdoğan told al-Thani that Turkey had a unique position in terms of transporting energy and that the country wanted to include Qatar’s energy resources in this network.
Al-Thani said his stance toward the construction of a natural-gas pipeline would be positive and Erdoğan expressed Turkey’s desire to sign a long-term agreement for Qatari gas.
Turkey recently reached an agreement with Russia to allow the construction of a pipeline in its territorial waters, and a separate deal with European Union countries for an alternative pipeline to carry Caspian gas to Europe.