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Turkey’s Erdogan discusses advancing cooperation with UAE’s Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed
LONDON (Reuters) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the United Arab Emirates’ Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in Istanbul on Saturday, the official WAM news agency reported.
The two men discussed the prospects for advancing cooperation between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates in all fields and discussed regional issues and the importance of strengthening efforts to establish peace, security and stability.
The Ukrainian crisis and global developments were also discussed.
The Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates visited his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and explored avenues of cooperation between the countries and prospects for advancing relations.
Sheikh Abdullah and Cavusoglu addressed the latest global developments, including those regarding the stability of energy supplies and food markets around the world, and global efforts to achieve a political settlement of the crisis in Ukraine.
The UAE Foreign Minister stressed that Emirati-Turkish relations are developing and evolving steadily, and the two leaders are committed to establishing a lasting pattern of win-win partnership.
During their joint press conference, Sheikh Abdullah said, “I hope we can work together to finalize the trade partnership agreement between our countries, through which we can double our trade.”
Sheikh Abdullah stressed that renewable energy was one of the sectors where the two nations wanted to strengthen their bilateral relations.
“This sector is not only a success from a commercial point of view, but it is also significant for our countries which are both working to reduce carbon emissions in the world.”
Sheikh Abdullah hailed the increase in trade volume between the two countries to around AED50 billion. “We achieved 82% growth in trade in two years,” he said.
Cavusoglu said the talks with Sheikh Abdullah touched on many issues related to collaboration in sectors such as trade, economy, technology and energy, pointing out that the UAE was the largest trading partner of Turkey in the region.
He said Turkish investors want to increase their investments in the UAE.
In response to a question about the future of relations between the two countries, Sheikh Abdullah said: “We discussed some ideas, especially regarding renewable, solar and electric energy. One of the leading global companies working in this field today, namely Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), is very interested in pursuing business opportunities in Turkey.
He added that Turkey has great potential in the field of tourism.
“Our interest is not only focused on working in Turkey, but also on working with Turkey in other parts of the world, including Africa, Latin America, Central Asia, South Asia Southeast and South Asia.”
During his recent visit to Israel, Cavusoglu said the dialogue was necessary and fruitful. “Differences may exist, but severing relations is not good. We conveyed the message to our Palestinian brothers as well as to the Israelis; and we will work to take further steps in collaboration with Egypt in this regard.
Sheikh Abdullah said: “There is no doubt that encouraging a return to the peace process and dialogue between Palestinians and Israelis is extremely important.”
He said that Turkey was making efforts on the stability of Libya. “With regard to Yemen, we expressed our full solidarity with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia following the terrorist attacks against the two countries.”