Türkiye OKs sending troops to Qatar for World Cup security
With a show of hands, lawmakers approved a motion to send an unspecified number of troops to the Gulf country for six months. Fikri Işık, a ruling AKP legislator and former Turkish defense minister, said the deployment would involve 250 troops and a corvette-class naval vessel.
The troops would be in addition to some 3,000 riot police that Türkiye has said it would send to Qatar to reinforce security during the international soccer competition.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan requested parliamentary approval to deploy troops, explaining in the motion submitted last week that the Turkish soldiers would join other forces from the United States, France, Britain, Italy and Pakistan.
The force would be deployed against “various threats and especially terrorism” in Qatar, which expects to host more than 1 million visitors during the monthlong competition, the Turkish leader said.
Türkiye has built close ties with Qatar and established a military base there.
Lawmakers from Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party and its nationalist allies supplied the votes to pass the motion.
Earlier this year, the Interior Ministry announced that Türkiye would deploy 3,250 Turkish police officers to Qatar. They include 100 special operations police and 50 explosives experts.