Turkey's interior minister meets UAE counterpart in Rome

Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu met Emirati Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Rome on Thursday amid warming relations between their two countries.

Both men were in Italy for a session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean.

In a statement on social media, the Turkish Interior Ministry confirmed Soylu had met his Emirati counterpart but provided no further details.

2021 Akdeniz Parlamenter Asamblesi Ödül Töreni vesilesiyle İtalya’nın başkenti Roma’da bulunan Bakanımız Sn. @suleymansoylu, Birleşik Arap Emirlikleri Başbakan Yardımcısı ve İçişleri Bakanı Korgeneral Sn. Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan ile bir araya geldi pic.twitter.com/D0PM4GAbCS

— T.C. İçişleri Bakanlığı (@TC_icisleri) November 18, 2021

The talks follow reports on Monday that Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the de-facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, is expected to travel to Ankara for a face-to-face meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Turkey and the UAE are seeking to mend bilateral ties damaged by the Erdoğan administration’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and the UAE’s regional rival Qatar, as well as differences over the conflicts in Libya and Syria.

Erdoğan spoke with bin Zayed over the phone in August to discuss bilateral relations and regional developments. UAE presidential diplomatic adviser Anwar Gargash said the call was “very positive and friendly”.

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