Erdoğan heads to UAE to offer condolences for ruler’s death

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is heading to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday to offer his condolences for the death of its ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Erdoğan will meet with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the new leader of the UAE and the ruler of Abu Dhabi, during the visit, according to a statement by the Turkish presidency.

Turkey and the UAE are seeking to repair bilateral ties frayed by Ankara’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the UAE’s regional rival Qatar and differences over policies towards Libya and security in the eastern Mediterranean.

Erdoğan is working to reconcile with the UAE, as well as Saudi Arabia and Israel, as part of a dramatic shift in his government’s regional policy ahead of elections next year. A surge in inflation to 70 percent and sharp losses for the lira have hit living standards. Erdoğan is seeking foreign capital inflows to help steady the lira and boost economic growth. 

Turkey and the UAE are negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA). In January, the UAE approved almost $5 billion in currency swaps for Turkey.




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