UAE, Turkey cement ties

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President Erdogan highlighted the importance of establishing a joint technology fund between the UAE and Turkey and expanding cooperation in the field of energy to include renewable and clean energy technologies, reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have discussed strengthening the bilateral relations between the two nations in various fields on Monday.

Erdogan, who is on a two-day visit to UAE, and Sheikh Mohamed have also discussed latest regional and international issues during a meeting at Qasr Al Watan in Abu Dhabi.

Sheikh Mohamed welcomed President Erdogan’s visit to UAE and expressed hope this “significant visit would create further momentum to strengthening cooperation and building a new prosperous phase of partnerships for the higher good of the two countries, their peoples and all the nations of the region.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

The two leaders witnessed the exchange of cooperation agreements, memoranda of understanding and protocols between representatives of several state departments in the UAE, and their counterparts in Turkey.

The agreements are aimed at strengthening cooperation and expanding partnerships between the two countries in several fields, including investment, health, agriculture, transportation, industries, advanced technologies, climate action, culture, youth, and others.

They reviewed the various cooperation opportunities available for the two countries, especially in the fields of space projects, artificial intelligence and renewable energy, which are all being prioritised in the UAE development agenda as well as sectors conducive to ensuring sustainable development in both countries.

The two sides also exchanged views on a number of issues and developments in the Middle East, stressing, in this context, that the two countries agree on the importance of supporting efforts and peaceful solutions aimed at enhancing security, peace and stability in the region.

Sheikh Mohamed expressed his thanks and appreciation for the friendly position adopted by Turkey and its condemnation of recent Houthi terrorist attacks on civil sites in the UAE and its solidarity with the UAE in the face of these criminal attacks, wishing Turkey continued security, stability and prosperity.

He also pointed out that the agreements and memoranda of understanding signed by the two countries during his recent visit to Turkey laid the foundation for the launch of fresh economic and trade partnerships between the two countries, stressing the UAE’s keenness to strengthen this partnership and push it forward during the coming period to double the volume of trade exchanges between the two nations.

Sheikh Mohamed noted that strengthening development partnerships for the benefit of the peoples of the region requires cooperation between their countries, especially in light of the many commonalities between the Arab and Turkish sides and the opportunities up for grabs for achieving growth, cooperation and prosperity.

President Erdogan expressed delight at visiting the UAE, hailing the progress achieved by the Emirates over the recent years.

“It gives me great pleasure witnessing the recent acceleration in high-level contacts between the two countries and the visit of my dear brother His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, last November to Turkey,” the Turkish president said.

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He pointed out that Turkey was one of the first countries to condemn terrorist attacks on civil sites in the UAE, stressing his country’s condemnation and rejection of all forms and pretexts of terrorism and noting that his country will continue to firmly combat it.

President Erdogan added that economic cooperation is a significant driver of UAE-Turkish relationship, noting that the comprehensive economic partnership agreement that the two countries will begin negotiating would create a fresh impetus to double the volume of trade exchanges between the two nations.

He pointed out the importance of establishing a joint technology fund between the two countries and expanding cooperation in the field of energy to include renewable and clean energy technologies, as well as investment in chips manufacturing, the strategic importance of which, he said, has significantly been felt during the Covid-19 pandemic. “This is in addition to medical and health tourism and other joint projects that bring benefit to the two countries.”

The Turkish leader added that re-listing Turkey to the Green List of Abu Dhabi-bound flights would speed up cooperation between the two nations.