Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan went to Qatar Saturday on an official trip.
Erdogan who held a press conference at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul before his departure said there had been a significant rise in the trade volume between Turkey and Qatar since 2002, the year Justice and Development (AK) Party came to power.
He said the trade volume rose from USD 29 million to 1.2 billion in the mean time and projets worth a total of USD 8.5 billion was undertaken by Turkish companies.
"That's a remarkable rise. The current potential is promising further growth," said Erdogan.
Erdogan who is accompanied by 142 businessmen from Turkey said he believed the meetings between Turkish and Qatari businessmen within the scope of the meeting would be fruitful.
He said major steps towards promoting the brotherhood of the two countries were taken in the recent period adding that they aimed at carrying relations further based on common interests.
Erdogan said he would discuss the political ramifications of the regional and global developments with Qatari officials.
Erdogan is accompanied by Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek and Energy Minister Taner Yildiz and a group of lawmakers.
Erdogan who will be the key note speaker of the U.S-Islamic World Forum which will begin tonight in Doha, will meet with senior officials from various countries on the sidelines of the forum.
He will also meet with Qatar Amir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani and Foreign Minsiter Hamad bin Jasim bin Jabir al-Thani and discuss bilateral relations and way to promote them.
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