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Turkey signs 13 deals with UAE to revive relations

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ABU DHABI: Turkey has signed 13 agreements on the defence industry, health, climate change, industry, technology, trade, economy, culture, agriculture, youth, transportation, disaster management, meteorology, communication, and archive with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to the Gulf country.

The agreements were signed during the meeting between the Turkish and UAE delegation chaired jointly by Erdogan and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The two sides will also exchange views on regional and international developments with an understanding of establishing and maintaining peace and stability in the region.

Erdogan and Mohamed bin Zayed discussed opportunities for cooperation, particularly in the economic and development fields, and the latest regional developments, said the official WAM news agency.

The crown prince said the UAE was keen to cooperate with Türkiye “to confront a number of common challenges that the region is witnessing” through dialogue and diplomatic resolve

The Turkish president, who last visited the UAE in 2013, is in the country for a two-day visit at the invitation of Mohamed bin Zayed.

Turkey and the UAE started a new era in bilateral relations with the visit of the Abu Dhabi crown prince to Ankara last November, Erdogan told a news conference at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport before leaving.

Ties between Turkey and the Arab world are experiencing a major thaw after years of tense relations.

The Abu Dhabi crown prince’s visit in November 2021 was a crucial turning point and led to the announcement of a $10-billion fund for investments in Turkey.

Turkey-UAE trade topped $7.2 billion (26.4 billion dirhams) in the first half of 2021. The UAE hopes to double or triple trade volume with Turkey, which it sees as a route to new markets.

About 400 Emirati companies operate in Turkey, the UAE’s 11th largest trading partner, WAM said.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the growing rapprochement between Turkey and the UAE is gaining new impetus as a result of bilateral visits.

“Our relations as two states in the region have evolved towards collaboration. I believe that increased collaboration between the two countries will benefit our region as well,” he said.

It is especially noteworthy that the rapprochement developed during a period of growing global competition,” Erdogan added.

The Turkish president will also visit the Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday, where Turkey’s national day will be celebrated.

Earlier, Turkish Presidency’s Director of Communications Fahrettin Altun has said Turkey and the UAE must forge strong intra-regional economic ties and dialogue mechanisms that can stand the test of time and serve as the anchor for regional peace.

“Turkey believes the future of the region needs to be anchored in economic cooperation and political dialogue,” Altun wrote in an article published in the UAE’s prominent daily on Sunday, adding that cooperation is no longer a choice but an obligation.

The first step to attain a common approach towards the resolution of the region’s problems is to overcome bilateral differences through pro-active engagement, Altun said.

“We have been pleased to see that the UAE leadership shares this vision and is ready to work with Turkey toward a more stable and prosperous region,” Altun said.

“Last month in Ankara, we saw that both Turkey and the UAE shared a vision for a more peaceful and prosperous region,” the communications director added.

For the last two decades, conflicts in the Middle East have produced prolonged periods of instability, heightened levels of tensions, and humanitarian disasters with millions living in dire conditions, Altun said.

“During this period, Turkey sought to be a stabilizing power by prioritizing dialogue, diplomacy, and regional solutions. But no single country can solve the outstanding issues of the region.”

Altun underlined that extra-regional involvements in the region have often resulted in lopsided and destructive consequences, and importing security from actors outside of the region and expecting it to bring stability did not provide effective solutions.

“Lasting peace and stability can only be achieved through genuinely regional initiatives. Turkey stabilizing posture and the UAE’s critically important dynamism can produce lasting solutions.”

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