Turkey’s Çavuşoğlu, UAE’s Al Nayhan discuss Ukraine, bilateral ties in Abu Dhabi

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu and his Emirati counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed the war in Ukraine and bilateral relations in meeting in  Abu Dhabi on Monday, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The Turkish foreign minister is in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday to address the 16th UAE Ambassadors and Representatives of Diplomatic Missions Forum as a guest of honour upon an invitation by Al Nahyan.

The visit comes and Turkey and the UAE have moved to thaw relations following a decade of tensions over a string of issues, including Turkey’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood in the region.

“Discussed bilateral relations & regional developments, especially in Ukraine,” the top Turkish diplomat said in a post on Twitter, which included a photo from the meeting.

Russia's war in Ukraine has entered its 26th day, with no signs of abating. At least 925 civilians have been killed and another 1,496 have been injured in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country nearly a month ago, the United Nations human rights office said on Monday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last month visited Abu Dhabi, his  first visit to the UAE since 2013, after Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan visited Ankara in November.

The visit marked a turning point in ties between the regional rivals and was followed by a UAE announcement of $10 billion fund for investments in Turkey.

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