Turkey will establish a military base in Qatar as part of a 2015 mutual defense agreement aimed at combatting “common enemies,” Turkey’s envoy to the Gulf state said Dec. 16, Reuters reported.
The envoy said that some 3,000 ground troops, plus air and naval units, will be stationed at the base — Turkey’s first overseas military installation. The two countries have shared positions on several notable regional issues recently, including condemning Russian action in Syria and backing particular rebel groups fighting in the country.
Turkey is increasingly become a key player in the Middle East since their rejection in the European Union. By their population and their large and florishing economy they possess the title of Regional leader.
Turkey has always aspired to be a key actor in the Syrian Conflict and in the Arab World. With this base , they might take a step in this direction and in the same time secure their trade route , vital for their economy.