Crown Prince MBZ to visit Turkey for diplomatic talks

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The visit, which will include talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, is scheduled to take place as soon as Nov. 24…reports Asian Lite News

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces will visit Turkey for the first time in years to strengthen relations, two Turkish officials told Reuters on Monday. This will be their first meeting in 10 years.

Crown Prince MBZ to visit Turkey for diplomatic talks

The visit, which will include talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, is scheduled to take place as soon as Nov. 24, the officials said. The talks will be a symbolic turning point after the UAE and Turkey agreed to improve relations last summer.

In August, Erdogan said Turkey and the UAE had made progress in improving ties, which could lead to significant investment in Turkey, after a rare meeting with UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Two weeks after their talks, Erdogan held a phone call with Sheikh Mohammed.

The two leaders will discuss bilateral ties, trade, regional developments and investments, one of the Turkish officials said on condition of anonymity. The second official said the final date had not yet been set.

“Sheikh Mohammed’s visit will contribute to bringing ties to a better place,” the second official said, adding that a “high-level visit” from Turkey would be on the agenda soon. The UAE foreign ministry declined to comment.

Asked about the planned visit, a spokesman for Erdogan’s AK Party did not specify a date but said talks between Ankara and Abu Dhabi on normalising ties would continue and that the progress made so far was positive.

“This rapprochement between the UAE and Turkey, this intense cooperation for the resolution of problems, is good,” Omer Celik told reporters, adding Ankara had a “comprehensive action plan and sincere approach” for resolving regional disputes.

“Dialogue, contacts, and negotiations for the resolution of various issues (with the UAE) will continue strongly.”

Last year Turkey accused the UAE of bringing chaos to the Middle East through interventions in Libya and Yemen, while the UAE and others criticised Turkish military actions. Erdogan had also threatened to break off diplomatic ties with the UAE after the Gulf state’s move to normalise ties with Israel.

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Ankara’s efforts to repair ties come after similar overtures this year towards Egypt and Saudi Arabia which have yielded little public progress.

Turkey said it was in talks with the UAE over investments in energy, such as power generation. The UAE has said it seeks deeper trade and economic ties with Turkey, and Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth funds have also made significant investments in Turkish online grocer Getir and e-commerce platform Trendyol.  

Turkey and the UAE will also hold a business forum in Dubai on Nov. 23.