UAE President lands in Turkey, meets Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan receives UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Istanbul.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Saturday with United Arab Emirates President Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Istanbul.
Erdogan received his UAE counterpart at the Ataturk International Airport.
UAE media said the trip was aimed at bolstering strategic relations and enhancing bilateral economic ties.
The UAE President is discussing with his Turkish counterpart the "strengthening of strategic relations and advancing the comprehensive economic partnership that brings the two countries together."
Turkish media said bin Zayed was visiting Turkey to congratulate Erdogan on his election victory and attend the Champions League final that is being held in Istanbul this evening, in which the English Manchester City club that his brother Mansour owns will play against Italy's Inter Milan.
Erdogan announced his victory in a speech addressing his celebrating supporters in front of his home in Istanbul in late May.
Erdogan will remain president of Turkey until 2028 after winning 52,10% of the vote, giving him an entire decade in power after he originally became president in 2014.
With 98,4% of the votes counted, Erdogan's victory was marked by the president taking home 52,10% of the vote while his opponent, Kilicdaroglu, took only %47,90.
The victory for the Justice and Development Party (AKP) leader saw his supporters taking to the streets and celebrating his victory all over the country, including in front of his residence.
Erdogan met FIFA President Giano Invenato and UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin, who had arrived in Istanbul earlier to attend the match.
Relations between Turkey and the UAE witnessed tensions, in the wake of the failed coup attempt against Erdogan in July 2016. The Turkish president accused the UAE of contributing to it, describing bin Zayed as "Turkey's greatest enemy."
Erdogan visited the UAE in 2022, his visit since 2013 when he held the premiership, and his first since assuming the presidency.
Al-Nahyan visited Ankara ahead of Erdogan's visit, and after the trip, the UAE announced a $10 billion fund for investments in Turkey, amid a devastating inflation crisis that has ravaged the country.