The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the UAE’s de facto ruler, is expected to visit Turkey next week for the first time in 10 years, to repair frayed relations between the two Turkish officials told Middle East Eye.
What is expected from this visit?
The visit is expected to take place on 24th Nov and will be a massive symbolic turning point after the UAE and Turkey agreed to improve their relations last summer. With political differences still running deep, the two sides have decided to focus on economic ties and de-escalation, rather than resolving their ideological rift.
There has been an increase of interest of UAE in Turkish defense companies, which have established profitable opportunities with indigenous production capabilities in recent years. Earlier this year, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a phone call with MBZ in which both discussed relations between Turkey and the Gulf state. After years of tension, both countries improved their relationship with Turkey.
UAE to make a “serious investment” in Turkey
In a televised interview, Erdoğan said the two countries had been in contact for several months at the intelligence level, which helped them reach the current level.
He said the UAE will soon make “serious investments” in Turkey, noting that both countries have made progress in improving their bilateral relations in recent months.
Sheikh Mohammed’s visit will contribute to bringing ties to a better place. Turkish officials have said the UAE supports terrorist organizations that target Turkey, using the groups as convenient political and military tools abroad. In June, a report said that UAE seeks to restore ties with Turkey and other regional countries.
Turkey has also relaxed its tensions with a number of Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Endogran had recapitulated that Turkey hopes to increase its cooperation with Egypt and Gulf nations “on a win-win basis,” at a time when Ankara intensified diplomacy to mend its fraught ties with Cairo and some Gulf Arab nations after years of tensions between them.