After UAE Visit Erdogan Plans to Take Steps with "Israel", Egypt
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his intent to visit the UAE following a visit by crown prince MBZ to Ankara. He says that he will visit Egypt and "Israel" after that.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would take steps to repair ties with estranged enemies Egypt and "Israel," similar to what it did with the United Arab Emirates in recent weeks, which resulted in investments, according to media outlets cited by Reuters.
The statements came to reporters on the plane during his return from Turkmenistan after he participated in the 15th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
Erdogan was cited as telling reporters, "They [UAE] put up a $10 billion investment plan. By putting this $10 billion into place, we will have built a very different future," he added he would visit the UAE in February.
In response to a question about ties with Tel Aviv and Cairo, Erdogan said, "Whatever kind of step was taken with the UAE, we will also take similar ones with the others ["Israel" and Egypt]."
The statements came after Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince and the de facto ruler of the Emirates, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan's (MBZ) visit to Ankara for talks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The visit is a first in years.
Erdogan also had a rare phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett earlier this month, following the release of 2 arrested Israelis by Turkey that was arrested over charges of espionage, as reported by Anadolu news agency.
In another matter, Erdogan stressed that Turkey wants to participate in mediating between Russia and Ukraine through dialogue between the two sides.
Turkish Official: Turkey and the UAE to conclude agreements in various fields
Following MBZ's visit to Turkey, a Turkish official had announced that Turkey and the UAE will subsequently conclude agreements in the fields of energy, technology investments, seaports, and logistics.
The visit came within the framework of the two countries' efforts to improve relations.
The Turkish official stated that memorandums of understanding will be signed between the holding company owned by the government of Abu Dhabi, the Turkish Sovereign Wealth Fund, the Investment Office of the Turkish Presidency, and other Turkish companies.