2/8/2008

Gul's Qatar visit lays groundwork for energy imports

Gulf News - Turkish President Abdullah Gul wrapped up a three-day visit to Qatar on Thursday where he renewed Turkey's plans to enhance economic and political ties with the Gulf country. Qatar and Turkey relations are characterised by historically friendly ties, Gul said during his visit, referring to Emir Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani as a "dear friend". Commenting on the development of economic ties, Gul announced that Turkey will start importing natural gas from Qatar, the world' s largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG), starting 2010. Gul also told Turkish media accompanying him that Qatar is considering building facilities in Turkey to sell natural gas to Europe. "Qatari officials said they could send [LNG] to Turkey to be distributed to Europe. They would build gas terminals in Turkey. The main area of investment will be in the energy sector; yet, we are considering medium and long-term pipeline projects," Gul said.