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Abu Dhabi crown prince in Turkey for first visit in nearly a decade

The Crown Prince's visit will be his first official visit to Turkey since 2012 and the first top-level meeting between the UAE and Turkey over recent years.

Anadolu Agency TURKEY
Published November 24,2021
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Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Wednesday met Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara to discuss bilateral relations.

"We had fruitful discussions focusing on ways to strengthen relations between our countries," Al Nahyan said on Twitter.

"I look forward to exploring new cooperation opportunities to benefit our two nations and advance our mutual development goals," Al Nahyan noted.

Following one-on-one talks and meeting between delegations of both countries, Erdoğan hosted a dinner in honor of Al Nahyan at the presidential complex.

Earlier, Al Nahyan arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara upon the invitation of Erdoğan.

The crown prince was welcomed by Turkey's Trade Minister Mehmet Muş and other officials at Ankara Esenboğa airport, and Erdoğan held an official welcome ceremony at the presidential complex.

This is his first official visit to Turkey since 2012, and the first top-level meeting between the UAE and Turkey over recent years.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan held a phone call with the crown prince earlier this year on Aug. 31, during which they discussed bilateral relations and regional issues.

The Emirati state news agency WAM reported that the two discussed during the phone call the "prospects of reinforcing the relations between the two nations in a way that serves their common interests and their two peoples."

Also, on Aug. 18, Erdoğan received the UAE National Security Adviser Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the presidential complex in Ankara, where they discussed bilateral and regional issues as well as UAE investments in Turkey.