The prospects for growth in relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Turkey are optimistic. Both delegations hope that the visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will augur well for a common economic future that will develop on the basis of points of benefit to both countries. As confirmed by Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek, the governor's visit, which will also be attended by Turkish Vice-President Cevdet Yilmaz, will be "a big step in the political rapprochement of the two states".
Based on the common interest of the two, there have already been more meetings between Emirati and Turkish diplomacy in the past. At the UAE's last reception for the Ottoman vice-president, agreements on economic matters laid the groundwork for development, which they now hope to expand with Erdogan's visit.
Simsek revealed that the regulation of that visit is being carried out by the Ministry of Finance and stressed that "quite a lot of progress has been made in the technical work regarding the approval of agreements." "We will complete the technical work related to these agreements, during the next two weeks, and it is possible that President Erdogan will visit the UAE after that," he added.
UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan's visit to Turkey on June 10 marked a new development in the process of strengthening the two nations' mutually beneficial bilateral relations, and revealed the ongoing effort to improve working relations and collaboration in myriad fields.
The two nations exchanged 13 cooperation agreements, memoranda of understanding and protocols. These documents covered investment, health and agriculture, as well as industries, action, advanced technologies in transport and climate. One of the most important pillars of the expanding cooperation between the two nations is economics, as the UAE and Turkey have had close economic ties since the founding of the union and have only continued to deepen and expand over time.
Simsek noted that his trip to the UAE with Turkey's vice president was "very fruitful, as the Turkish delegation met with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, head of state, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, UAE vice president, deputy prime minister and minister of the court".
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his last trip to the UAE on 14 February last year, and the two leaders have been in communication ever since. Simsek commented on his trip to the UAE with Turkey's vice president that "the visit was very fruitful, as the Turkish delegation met with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, head of state, and Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, UAE vice president, deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidency.
He said that despite the Eid al-Adha holiday, "Turkish and Emirati delegations will continue to work together", adding that "large delegations from the UAE will arrive in Turkey next week". "The framework for President Erdogan's visit to the UAE will be worked out," he continued.
Due to Turkey's presence and prominence on the regional and international stage, relations with the Anatolian country are crucial to the UAE's strategy to strengthen its alliances, deepen ties with numerous sister and friendly nations and build cooperative ties in all areas.