On Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan left Istanbul for the Qatari capital, Doha, at the invitation of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to participate in the opening ceremony of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
President Erdogan’s plane took off from Ataturk Airport at 12:20 (3 GMT).
Erdogan was seen off at the airport by his deputy, Fuad Oktay, Interior Minister Suleiman Soylu, the governor of Istanbul, Ali Yerlikaya, the head of the Justice and Development Party of the Istanbul branch, Osman Nuri Kabaktappe, and officials.
The Turkish president is accompanied on his visit by his wife, Mrs. Amina, and ministers; Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Defense Hulusi Akar, Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharram Qasab Oglu, Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Treasury and Finance Noureddine Nabatai.
He is also accompanied by the head of the Communication Department in the Presidency of the Republic, Fakhruddin Altun, and the presidential spokesman, Ibrahim kalin.
Qatar will host the tournament between November 20 and December 18, and it will be held for the first time in a country in the Middle East and the Arab world.
The tournament opens this evening at 19:00 (3 GMT) with the Qatar-Ecuador match in Group A competitions.