Turkey, UAE consult on boosting bilateral defense collaboration

Turkey’s Ambassador to the UAE and the UAE Defense Minister discussed ways of improving bilateral defense cooperation in a meeting in Abu Dhabi.

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Turkey’s Ambassador to UAE Tugay Tuncer and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Defense Affairs Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi held talks in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The two officials exchanged views on boosting bilateral defense collaboration in the meeting.

According to the report issued by the UAE’s state-run news agency, the Emirati Minister emphasized “the profound ties between the two friendly countries in all areas, most notably in defense.”

The report noted that the two officials focused on ways that would improve cooperation in defense and military fields between the two countries in a manner of serve the interest of both nations.

The Turkish Ambassador expressed his country’s willingness to improve bilateral relations with the UAE and to open new dimensions of joint cooperation.

Sharing a post on his Twitter account following the meeting, the UAE’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Al Bowardi highlighted “the depth of friendship between Turkey and the UAE in various fields, especially in the defense and military field,” as well as the significance of increasing current ties “to achieve development and prosperity for the two countries.”

A new period has occurred between Turkey and Gulf Arab countries, as a détente is being observed in relations after years of tense period. Last November, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan paid an official visit to Ankara and announced the establishment of a $10 billion fund for investments in Turkey.

Several agreements in various sectors, including energy, environment, finance, and trade were inked between the two countries during the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s visit.

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay a visit to the UAE in February.

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