UAE says Turkish president’s visit will open new page in bilateral ties


ISTANBUL

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming visit to the United Arab Emirates will open a new page in bilateral relations, a senior foreign policy adviser to President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan said on Sunday.

Anwar Gargash said on Twitter that Erdogan’s visit to the United Arab Emirates, “which comes after Al Nahyan’s visit to Turkey (last November), opens a new positive page in bilateral relations between the two countries”.

Gargash said the visit “is in line with the UAE’s focus on strengthening bridges of communication and cooperation aimed at stability and prosperity in the region.”

Affirming that the UAE continues to strengthen communication channels with various countries in order to support the stability and prosperity of the region and the well-being of its people, Gargash further noted that “the policy of the UAE is positive and rational and is in the interest of security, peace and regional development.

“President Erdogan’s visit to Abu Dhabi is part of this framework on which we are banking to ensure a prosperous future,” he added.

The Turkish president will begin a two-day official visit to the United Arab Emirates on Monday.

Erdogan’s visit comes at the invitation of Al Nahyan, Turkiye’s communications directorate said in a statement.

Bilateral relations between Turkey and the UAE and measures to deepen cooperation will be discussed during the talks, according to the statement.

Before the visit, the Turkish flag and the word “Welcome” in Turkish were projected on the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the United Arab Emirates.

Turkey’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Tugay Tuncer, shared images of the famous skyscraper lit up with the Turkish flag on Twitter.

Tuncer commented on the video, which included the Turkish national anthem.

“A historic day in UAE-Turkey relations. A warm welcome to President Erdogan of the UAE.

*Writing and contribution by Merve Aydogan

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