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UAE send $10m to help Turkey rebuild after floods, wildfires

November 3, 2021 at 3:01 pm

A helicopter carries water to drop over a wildfire in Antakya district of Turkey’s Hatay province on September 07, 2020 [Muzaffer Çağlıyaner/Anadolu Agency]

The United Arab Emirates has sent $10 million to Turkey to contribute to the reconstruction of some regions that were affected by wildfires and floods, WAM reported.

The move follows the directives of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The UAE also expressed its solidarity with the Turkish people in these exceptional circumstances, affirming the country’s keenness to contribute to providing appropriate support to mitigate the humanitarian repercussions and damage caused by floods in the north of the country and wildfires in southwestern Turkey.

Ties between the UAE and Turkey were strained when Ankara supported Qatar in a regional dispute which saw the Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt impose a boycott on the small Gulf state in 2017.

The countries also backed opposing sides during Egypt’s military coupSyria’s civil war, and the war in Libya.

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