Building on Detente, Turkey and UAE Renew Ties in Dubai Meeting

Ankara had previously accused the UAE of funding a failed coup attempt in Turkey, while Abu Dhabi has blasted Turkey's regional military operations

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, right, in November.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, left, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates, right, in November.Credit: AP / Burhan Ozbilici
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Turkey and the United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday they aim to deepen cooperation after talks in Dubai between the Turkish foreign minister and the UAE's prime minister, as the rivals step up diplomacy to mend ties strained by years of animosity.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoğlu arrived in the UAE on Monday to discuss bilateral relations and meet Turkish businesspeople in Dubai, the region's trade and tourism hub.

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The visit comes after Turkey and the UAE signed accords and deals at talks in Ankara last month, in a move President Tayyip Erdoğan said would herald a "new era" in relations.

Ties between Turkey and the UAE have been strained over the role of Islamist groups in the tumult following the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, and the countries found themselves on opposite sides in Libya's conflict.

Ankara had previously accused the UAE of financing a failed coup attempt in Turkey in 2016 and of sowing chaos in the region with its involvement in Yemen, while Abu Dhabi has criticized Turkey's military operations in the region.

The Dubai Media Office said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is the ruler of Dubai and the UAE's vice president and prime minister, met Cavusoğlu to discuss "strengthening cooperation between the UAE and Turkey and developing frameworks to collaborate on all areas of common interest.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he plans to visit Abu Dhabi in February.

As part of a charm offensive launched last year, Turkey has also moved to repair ties with Egypt and Saudi Arabia, but those talks have yielded little public improvement. Abu Dhabi has also accelerated a push to ease regional conflicts and refocus on the economy.

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