Erdoğan to hold face-to-face talks with UAE leader - report

Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan will visit Turkey to hold talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Independent Turkish reported on Sunday.

The crown prince will arrive in Turkey on Monday, the newspaper said citing unidentified sources in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sources in Ankara said the visit would take place next week, it said.

The two leaders will discuss bilateral ties and will focus on economic relations, particularly a trade route to Turkey from the UAE via a corridor passing through Iran, the Independent Turkish said.

Turkey and the UAE are seeking to repair their bilateral ties, frayed by Turkey’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the UAE’s regional rival Qatar and differences over policies towards Libya and security in the eastern Mediterranean.

In late August, Erdoğan spoke on the phone with the crown prince, in a further sign of improving relations between the regional rivals, following a meeting with UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

During the phone call, Erdoğan and bin Zayed discussed bilateral relations and regional developments, according to the Turkish presidential palace. Erdoğan said the UAE would soon make “serious investments” in Turkey.

In October, a Turkish trade delegation travelled to the Emirates to work on ways of boosting cooperation.



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