UAE sends $10 million to Turkey to help with reconstruction after fires, floods
The United Arab Emirates will provide $10 million to Turkey to help it with reconstruction of areas affected by the floods and wildfires.
The UAE said it is seeking to extend a helping hand to brotherly and friendly countries and expressed its solidarity with the Turkish people in these exceptional times, the Emirates news agency reported on Wednesday.
Over the summer, Turkey was hit by flash floods and a spate of wildfires that ravaged its southern coastline and parts of the northern Black Sea region. The disasters killed more than 100 people.
The pledge of aid followed directives by Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, the news agency 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. Two weeks ago, a Turkish trade delegation travelled to the Emirates to work on ways of boosting cooperation.
“This move reflects the continuous efforts undertaken by the UAE to assist those affected by natural disasters,” the UAE said.
Following the environmental catastrophes that exposed Turkey’s unpreparedness for climate change, the Turkish parliament ratified the Paris Agreement, the legally binding international treaty on climate change, in early October. Turkey, was the final member of the G20 to legislate the 2015 deal.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has seen his approval ratings among the Turkish public decline over his government’s handling of the wildfires and flash floods that struck in August.