Emirates News Agency – WAM REPORT: UAE, Turkey aim to advance bilateral ties

ABU DHABI, November 22, 2021 (WAM) – The United Arab Emirates and Turkey aim to strengthen and advance their bilateral ties.

Within this framework, officials from the two countries held meetings and calls to discuss ways to strengthen their bilateral relations and a number of regional and international issues of mutual concern.

In a phone call on August 30, 2021, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces of the United Arab Emirates, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, spoke discussed their bilateral relations and ways of strengthening them, to serve the mutual interests of their countries.

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and President Erdoğan also exchanged views on several regional and international issues of common interest.

On August 18, 2021, Erdoğan received an Emirati delegation chaired by His Highness Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor.

During the meeting, which was held in Ankara, the two sides discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the UAE and Turkey, especially in the fields of economy, trade, investment, transport, health and energy.

Turkey participates in Expo 2020 Dubai. Tugay Tuncer, Turkish Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, called the participation a new era of cooperation between the two countries.

He pointed out that Expo 2020 Dubai will help realize Turkey’s vision of creating a diverse tourism sector, including countries of the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

In early November, the United Arab Emirates provided AED 36.7 million (US $ 10 million) to support the rehabilitation of parts of Turkey affected by forest fires and floods and expressed solidarity with the Turkish people in such dramatic circumstances, underscoring their concern to provide appropriate support. to mitigate the humanitarian repercussions and damage caused by floods in the north and forest fires in southwestern Turkey.

Non-oil foreign trade between the two countries is split between direct trade, representing 88.5% and valued at AED 28.9 billion, and free zones representing 11.5%, with a value of 3.7 billion from AED.

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