Erdogan claims Turkish contacts with UAE have made progress

Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, bitter rivals in the Middle East, have been in contact in recent months and have made some progress, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said after rare talks with a senior UAE official.


Erdogan said on Wednesday he and UAE National Security Adviser Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed investment in Turkey, adding that if the talks proceed well the United Arab Emirates would make “serious investments” in Turkey.


The Turkish president also said he was open to meeting the UAE’s de facto ruler, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


Turkey and the UAE have supported opposing sides in regional disputes, including the conflict in Libya and the blockade of Qatar by several Arab states among other issues.

In a televised interview, Erdogan said talks held with Abu Dhabi for the last couple of months and led by the Turkish intelligence had reached a certain stage.


“I believe that there will be some more talks in the coming process,” he said.


“We are in favor of the main actors in the region directly negotiating and solving the problems.”


The UAE is also supporting Greece’s energy claims in disputed Eastern Mediterranean waters that Turkey pushed into searching for new natural gas deposits last year.


But Erdogan has made efforts to reach out to a range of regional rivals, including Egypt, as he tries to break out of a growing diplomatic isolation that has cooled foreign investors in Turkey’s fragile economy.


Erdogan repeated the same claim after Wednesday’s press conference without providing any details. It remains to be seen whether Turkey and BAE could sort out the main problem that divides the two nations:  The treatment of Moslem Brotherhood.  BAE and other members of the Arab Quartet view the organization as a terror outfit, while for Erdogan it is an indispensable conduit to reach the Arab Street.


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Published By: Atilla Yeşilada

GlobalSource Partners’ Turkey Country Analyst Atilla Yesilada is the country’s leading political analyst and commentator. He is known throughout the finance and political science world for his thorough and outspoken coverage of Turkey’s political and financial developments. In addition to his extensive writing schedule, he is often called upon to provide his political expertise on major radio and television channels. Based in Istanbul, Atilla is co-founder of the information platform Istanbul Analytics and is one of GlobalSource’s local partners in Turkey. In addition to his consulting work and speaking engagements throughout the US, Europe and the Middle East, he writes regular columns for Turkey’s leading financial websites VATAN and and has contributed to the financial daily Referans and the liberal daily Radikal.