Turkey, UAE sign 13 agreements during Erdoğan-Mohammed bin Zayed meeting

Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday signed 13 cooperation agreements in sectors including defence and trade, during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

The agreements also span the sectors of health, climate change, industry, technology,  culture, agriculture, transportation and disaster management, among others, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The inking of the deals come hours after Erdogan arrived in the UAE on Monday, the Turkish president’s first visit to the oil-rich Gulf nation in nearly a decade against the backdrop of thawing relations between the countries.

Relations between Turkey and the UAE have been strained for nearly a decade over Turkey’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, its close ties with UAE rival Qatar, and differing policies in Syria, Libya, and the Mediterranean.

In a meeting held at Abu Dhabi’s presidential palace Qasr al-Watan, Erdoğan and bin Zayed discussed  bilateral relations and regional and international developments, according to WAM, UAE’s state news agency.

Turkey and the UAE have begun a new era in bilateral relations with the visit of the Abu Dhabi crown prince to Ankara last November,  Anadolu cited Erdoğan as saying in a news conference at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport before his departure for a two-day visit to the Gulf nation.

The two sides are also set to exchange views on regional and international developments with an understanding of establishing and maintaining peace and stability in the region, according to Anadolu.

The Abu Dhabi crown prince on Monday said the agreements and memoranda of understanding signed between the two countries during his visit to Turkey three months ago set the foundation for revitalizing and boosting the economic and commercial partnership between Turkey and the UAE, WAM reported.

Erdoğan is slated to visit Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday, where a celebration of Turkey's national day will take place, Anadolu said.

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