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Turkey's Erdogan holds rare meeting with senior UAE official

August 18, 2021 at 11:04 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses citizens in front of Yeni Mosque as he visits flood-hit areas in Bozkurt district of Kastamonu, Turkey on August 13, 2021 [Doğukan Keskinkılıç / Anadolu Agency]

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan held a rare meeting with a senior official from the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, after years of tension between the two countries and rivalry in regional disputes, reported Reuters.

Erdogan and UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed ways of improving relations between the two countries, including trade and investment opportunities, the Emirates news agency WAM reported.

Erdogan said he and UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed al-Nahyan discussed investment in Turkey, adding that if the talks proceed well the United Arab Emirates would make “serious investments” in Turkey.

Turkey and the UAE have supported opposing sides in regional disputes, including the conflict in Libya and the blockade of Qatar by several Arab states.