Turkey, UAE foreign ministers speak to plan next steps to improve ties
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu held a phone call with his United Arab Emirates counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahyan to plan their next steps in bilateral relations, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Çavuşoğlu and al-Nahyan discussed the schedule of upcoming visits between the two countries’ officials, Anadolu said, citing the Turkish foreign ministry. The two ministers had met in the UAE two weeks ago.
Turkey and the United Arab Emirates are seeking to repair their ties after becoming embroiled in years of hostility over issues including the future of Libya, Ankara’s support for political Islamic groups and its close ties to the UAE’s regional rival Qatar. To solidify a new chapter in relations, the UAE’s de-facto leader, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Turkey in November, announcing a $10 billion fund for investments. In February, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan paid a visit to the UAE, signing 13 cooperation agreements in sectors including defence and trade.
Çavuşoğlu and al-Nahyan also exchanged congratulatory messages over the Muslim holy month of Ramadan that started last weekend, Anadolu said.