Erdogan calls bin Zayed – the acceleration of snow melting between Ankara and Abu Dhabi!

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The office of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced in a statement today (August 31) that he spoke by phone to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, in a new indication of improving relations between the two regional rivals.

Turkey and the UAE have been competing to extend their regional influence since the outbreak of the Arab Spring uprisings ten years ago. Each supported different parties in the civil war in Libya, and the rivalry extended to disputes from the eastern Mediterranean to the Gulf.

Last year, Turkey accused the UAE of creating chaos in the Middle East through its interventions in Libya and Yemen, while the UAE and several other countries criticized the Turkish military measures.

Ankara has also taken initiatives this year towards Egypt and Saudi Arabia, allies of the UAE, with the aim of easing the tensions that had an impact on the Turkish economy.

The call came two weeks after Erdogan held a rare meeting with a high-ranking Emirati official and said that the two countries had made progress in improving relations, which could lead to significant Emirati investments in Turkey.

“Relations between the two countries and regional issues were discussed in the talks,” Erdogan’s office statement said about the phone call with Sheikh Mehmet.

“It is in everyone’s interest to reach a policy based on agreement rather than a policy based on conflict, because the latter has a price. This is an important development,” a senior Turkish official said of the recent talks.

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