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Erdogan Emirates visits UAE to strengthen tensions

Abu Dhabi: Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the United Arab Emirates yesterday for the first time in almost a decade to revive a relationship that had long been tense due to regional conflicts. He was greeted by Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayid al-Nahyan, the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, in the capital Abu Dhabi.

The trip “marked the beginning of a new era of relations,” Erdogan said at Istanbul Airport before leaving for a two-day visit. “We plan to take steps to bring relations back to the level they deserve.” Turkey and oil-rich Emirates help the other side in the Libyan Civil War, gas exploration on the eastern Mediterranean coast. The relationship was tense as they fought over issues such as.

Relations were particularly tense after Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain broke all ties with Ankara’s close ally, Qatar, in 2017. These relationships were restored in January 2021. This is the first time the Turkish President has visited the UAE since he was Prime Minister in 2013, and the first time he has been the Head of State.

To greet Erdogan on his trip to take him to today’s Expo 2020 Dubai World’s Fair, the host country illuminated the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, with the red and white of the Turkish flag. Prime Minister Erdogan and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed discussed opportunities for cooperation, especially in the areas of economy and development, and the latest regional development, the official WAM press said.

The Crown Prince said the UAE is keen to work with Turkey “to confront many common challenges the region is witnessing” through dialogue and diplomatic resolutions. Emirates is stepping up its UAE defense cooperation with the United States and France as it faces heightened threats from Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi rebels who have launched several drone and missile attacks on the Gulf countries. “Turkey and the Arab Emirates can both contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of the region,” Erdogan wrote in the Emirati English Daily Curage Times over the weekend.

Following the visit to Sheikh Mohammed in November, the UAE announced a $ 10 billion fund for investment in Turkey. In Turkey last month, the economy recovered and inflation surged to a high of nearly 20 years. During this visit, Prime Minister Erdogan was expected to sign twelve agreements with UAE partners, from media and communications to economic and defense deals, Turkey’s media reports said.

His trip “will open a new positive page of bilateral relations,” UAE adviser Anwar Gargash said in a tweet. Economic Minister Abdullah bin Tuk al-Mali of the United Arab Emirates said his country is considering economic cooperation in a variety of areas, including defense, and is an integral part of its future strategy and vision. .. “I believe this is a vision shared by both the UAE and Turkey. The UAE is keen to expand its partnership with Turkey in a variety of key areas in addition to the defense sector,” he said yesterday. He told the state news agency Anador in the announced statement.

The Turkish President of the editorial also said he would like to work more closely with the UAE on several aspects, including efforts on “climate change, water and food security.” Since last year, Prime Minister Erdogan has sought to improve relations with regional powers, especially in the face of heightened diplomatic isolation that has depleted foreign investment from the West.

Last month he said he would visit Saudi Arabia in February. This is the first trip to Riyadh since the relationship deteriorated over the 2018 killing of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi at the Royal Consulate in Istanbul. Trade between Turkey and the UAE exceeded 26.4 billion dirhams ($ 7.2 billion) in the first half of 2021. The UAE has doubled or tripled its trade volume with Turkey and sees it as a route to new markets. According to WAM, Turkey, the 11th largest trading partner of the UAE, has about 400 emirati companies operating. – AFP

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