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UAE-TURKEY RELATIONS ENTER PROMISING NEW ERA

▶ Sheikh Mohamed meets President Erdogan in Ankara as $10bn investment fund announced

- THE NATIONAL

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, travelled to Turkey yesterday for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Sheikh Mohamed was invited to make the official visit to Ankara by the Turkish leader and was received at the presidenti­al palace, where an official reception ceremony was held in his honour.

Cavalry raised the flags of the UAE and Turkey before Sheikh Mohamed and Mr Erdogan headed to a podium as the national anthems of the two countries were played.

A 21-gun salute was fired as soldiers formed a guard of honour.

After talks between Sheikh Mohamed and Mr Erdogan, the UAE announced the establishm­ent of a $10 billion fund to support investment­s in Turkey.

The fund will focus on strategic investment­s, including energy, health and food.

The UAE delegation included Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidenti­al Affairs, Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, National Security Adviser, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports Company.

Dr Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Suhail Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastruc­ture, Mariam Al Mheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environmen­t, and Minister of State for Food Security, and Ali Al Shamsi, deputy secretary general of the Supreme National Security Council, were also among the officials.

Also in attendance were Jassim Al Zaabi, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Finance and member of the Executive Council, Faris Al Mazrouei, Adviser at the Ministry of Presidenti­al Affairs, Mohamed Al Mazrouei, undersecre­tary

of the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, Ali Ba’Alawi, head of the UAE Financial Intelligen­ce Unit, Mohammed Al Neyadi, Charge d’Affairs of the UAE Embassy in Turkey, Mohamed Al Suwaidi, chief executive of ADQ, Mohamed Al Shamsi, group chief executive of Abu Dhabi Ports, Saeed Al Dhaheri, chief executive of Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, and Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Eagle Hills developers and founder of Emaar Properties.

Dr Al Jaber told Turkish broadcaste­r TRT World that the countries were home to two of the “most dynamic economies” in the region.

“The main aim of Sheikh Mohamed’s visit is to create economic value through enhancing trade, business partnershi­ps and investment­s,” he said. “The UAE and Turkey have two of the most dynamic economies and societies in the region. We both have diverse cultures, we are both focused on economic growth and we both believe that economic progress is key to achieving a sustainabl­e future.

“This visit is significan­t in a number of ways. It comes at a time when both the UAE and Turkey are working together on a vision for a more peaceful, stable and prosperous future for the region. This collaborat­ion is centred around tolerance, mutual benefit, shared interests and building bridges.”

Sheikh Mohamed and Mr Erdogan exchanged views in a phone call in August.

They explored the prospects of building relations between the countries during the call.

Those talks came days after a UAE delegation led by Sheikh Tahnoun met Mr Erdogan in Ankara to discuss ways to consolidat­e ties, particular­ly in the fields of trade, transport, health and energy.

Dr Al Jaber said the countries were working on a vision for a more peaceful, stable and prosperous future

 ?? Mohamed Al Hammadi / Ministry of Presidenti­al Affairs ?? Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, meets Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidenti­al palace in Ankara yesterday
Mohamed Al Hammadi / Ministry of Presidenti­al Affairs Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, meets Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidenti­al palace in Ankara yesterday

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