Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan landed in the United Arab Emirates on Monday


Posted on 14 February 2022


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According to official media, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan landed in the United Arab Emirates on Monday for the first time since 2013, as the two countries heal ties frayed by years of antagonism in a move toward economic partnership. Erdogan was hailed by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the Gulf state's de facto ruler, who visited Ankara last November to seal billion-dollar investment agreements. Since Arab protests erupted a decade ago, the UAE and Turkey have battled for regional influence, a rivalry that saw them support opposing sides in Libya's civil war and spanned issues from the eastern Mediterranean to the Gulf. The improved diplomatic ties come at a time when Turkey is experiencing economic difficulties and the UAE is pursuing a more emollient foreign policy based on economic considerations. Last month, the two countries reached an agreement to swap about $5 billion in local currencies. Mr. Erdogan stated that Turkey and the UAE would attempt to increase bilateral trade and explore prospects in "the complementary structures of the two countries' economies".


Key Points


  • According to official media, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan landed in the United Arab Emirates on Monday for the first time since 2013.

  • Mr. Erdogan stated that Turkey and the UAE would attempt to increase bilateral trade and explore prospects in "the complementary structures of the two countries' economies".


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