Turkish, Emirati delegations hold talks to boost trade at Dubai Expo

A Turkish trade delegation on Sunday held talks with officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on boosting trade cooperation between the two countries amid a thaw in relations between the regional rivals.

Headed by UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade Thani bin Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi and the Turkish-UAE Business Council Tevfik Öz, the talks took place on the sidelines of the Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE state news agency WAM reported.

The two sides discussed economic plans of common interest and agreed on practical steps to develop trade exchanges and economic cooperation between the two countries, according to WAM.

The talks between the Turkey and the UAE are taking place amid a thaw in relations between the countries, which have been at odds over their respective foreign policies for decades.

Turkey has in the past thwarted attempts by the Gulf state to exert its influence in the region through a failed boycott of Turkey-ally Qatar and the two countries have also locked horns on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood, a pan-Islamist political movement that operates Islamist networks across the Middle East, among other issues.

Erdoğan in August announced that the UAE was serious about making major investment plans in Turkey after the Turkish president spoke with the UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss UAE investments in the country.

Emirati officials on Sunday briefed their Turkish counterparts on economic environment and investment liberalisation in the Gulf state, which allows foreign ownership of companies, WAM said

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