Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will meet Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey. This is the first high-level interaction in many years.
The Turkish Presidential Palace stated that Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the de facto ruler of the UAE and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, will visit Turkey to hold talks with President Tayyip Erdogan. Competitors in the region are trying to repair broken relationships.
Wednesday’s meeting will mark the highest level of interaction between the two countries in years of supporting opposing parties in the conflict in Libya and quarreling on other regional issues.
“The bilateral relations will be fully reviewed and steps to improve relations will be discussed,” the Turkish Presidential Palace said in a statement on Tuesday.
It added that regional and international issues will also be included in the talks.
According to the UAE national news agency WAM, the visit on Wednesday was conducted “at the invitation of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”
WAM stated that the discussions between Mohamed bin Zayed and the Turkish President will focus on “in addition to reviewing some common concerns and the latest regional and international issues, consolidating bilateral relations in various fields to achieve the prospect of common interests.”
The leaders of the two countries discussed relations and regional issues in a phone call on August 31.
Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu said in a September televised speech that “recently, the relationship between Turkey and the UAE has been enveloped in a positive atmosphere.”
In recent months, Ankara has sought to ease tensions with the UAE and its Arab allies.
Erdogan has contacted regional competitors, including Egypt, to get rid of growing diplomatic isolation, which has further hit Turkey’s fragile economy and foreign investment.