In this context, it has recently witnessed a number of contacts and official meetings between the leadership and officials of the UAE and Turkey, during which they discussed ways to strengthen and develop bilateral relations to serve the interests of the two countries and peoples, in addition to a number of regional and international issues and files of common interest, according to a report by Emirates News Agency. Wam.”
On August 30, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed, during a phone call, bilateral relations and ways to enhance and develop them to serve the common interests of the two countries and their peoples.
During the call, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed and Erdogan exchanged views on a number of international and regional issues and files of common interest.
On August 18, Erdogan received an Emirati delegation headed by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser.
During the meeting, which took place in Ankara, the two sides discussed ways to enhance bilateral relations between the UAE and Turkey, especially economic and trade cooperation and investment opportunities in the fields of transport, health and energy, in order to achieve common interests between the two countries.
Turkey is participating in the Expo 2020 Dubai, and Tocay Tuncer, the Turkish ambassador to the UAE, considered that this participation embodies a new era of cooperation and strengthening relations between the two countries.
Tuncer said that the global event is an opportunity to showcase the components of Turkey’s diversified economy, which includes many sectors.
He added that the exhibition contributes to promoting trade growth, especially with the export of more foodstuffs, ready-made foods, fruits, vegetables and building materials, which the region needs and is owned by Turkey.
He stressed that Expo 2020 Dubai contributes to achieving Turkey’s vision for diverse tourism, including from the UAE and the Arab Gulf countries, which are key markets for Expo 2020 Dubai.
In early November, the UAE provided an amount of 36.7 million dirhams (10 million US dollars) to contribute to supporting the rehabilitation stages of some Turkish regions affected by forest fires and floods.
In this regard, the UAE expressed its solidarity with the Turkish people in these exceptional circumstances, stressing its keenness to contribute to providing appropriate support to mitigate the humanitarian repercussions and damage caused by floods in the north of the country and forest fires in southwestern Turkey.
According to a report by the UAE Ministry of Economy, the total non-oil foreign trade between the UAE and Turkey during the past decade amounted to about 329 billion dirhams (89.6 billion dollars).
Non-oil trade between the two countries grew by 21% during the year 2020 to reach 32.7 billion dirhams ($8.9 billion), compared to 26.8 billion dirhams ($7.3 billion), according to the same report.
Non-oil foreign trade was distributed between direct trade by 88.5%, with a value of 28.9 billion dirhams, and free zones by 11.5%, with a value of 3.7 billion dirhams, according to the UAE Ministry of Economy.