UAE crown prince to meet Erdogan for talks to ‘improve relations’

Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will meet Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey in first high-level interaction for years.

Abu Dhabi''s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan
Wednesday’s meeting comes 'at the invitation of President Erdogan', Emirati media reported [File: Reuters]

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE’s de facto ruler, will visit Turkey for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish Presidency said, as the regional rivals try to repair frayed ties.

The meeting on Wednesday will mark the highest-level interaction in years between the two countries which have backed opposing sides in the Libyan conflict and sparred on other regional issues.

“Bilateral relations will be reviewed with all its dimensions, and steps to improve relations will be discussed,” the Turkish presidency said in a statement on Tuesday.

Regional and international issues will also figure in the talks, it added.

Wednesday’s visit came “at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan”, the Emirati state news agency WAM reported.

Mohammed bin Zayed’s discussion with the Turkish president will focus on “the prospects of consolidating bilateral ties across various fields to achieve their mutual interests, in addition to reviewing a number of issues of common concern and the latest regional and international issues,” WAM said.

The two leaders had discussed relations and regional issues in a phone call on August 31.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in televised remarks in September that “a positive atmosphere is hanging over Turkish-Emirati relations in recent times.”

Ankara has sought to reduce tensions with the UAE and its Arab allies in recent months.

Erdogan has reached out to regional rivals, including Egypt, to emerge from growing diplomatic isolation that has further hit Turkey’s fragile economy and foreign investment.

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies