President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Monday that he is planning to pay an official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in February, underlining that similar steps made with the UAE will be taken to mend broken relations with Egypt and Israel, APA reports citing Daily Sabah.
Speaking to Turkish media members during his return from the 15th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat, Erdoğan evaluated the recent visit of Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ).
Deals made with the UAE during the visit will mark the beginning of a new era in the bilateral relations between the two countries, Erdoğan stated.
"We had a meeting with Mohammed bin Zayed in 2011. After that, we went through some different periods. But we did not completely break ties. At least the intelligence agencies continued their talks. Meanwhile, our commercial relations continued. Despite these undesirable developments, the issue eventually came to a good point," the president said.
Erdoğan noted that the crown prince’s brother, the UAE National Security Adviser Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, visited Turkey in August as the first major step toward mending strained ties.
"They held talks with our relevant units. They had some meetings with our Investment Office. They said that they are ready for investment in Turkey. Later, Mohammed bin Zayed himself said that he especially wanted to visit, and that's how we made this visit," he said.