Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan will meet for years for Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey in first high-level interaction.
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, while regional rivals are trying to repair worn-out tires.
The meeting on Wednesday will be the highest level of interaction in years between the two countries, which have supported opposing sides in the Libyan conflict and spared over other regional issues.
“Bilateral relations will be reviewed in 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 be included in the talks, he 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 prospect of consolidating bilateral ties across various fields to achieve their common interests, in addition to reviewing a number of issues of common interest and the latest regional and international issues, said WAM.
The two leaders discussed relations and regional issues in a phone call on 31 August.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in a televised statement in September that “a positive atmosphere has recently been hanging over Turkish-Emirati relations.”
Ankara has been trying in recent months to reduce tensions with the UAE and its Arab allies.
Erdogan has reached out to local rivals, including Egypt, to emerge from growing diplomatic isolation that has further hit Turkey’s fragile economy and foreign investment.