ANKARA – Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, the UAE’s de facto ruler, will visit Turkey for talks with President Tayyip Erdogan as soon as Nov. 24, two Turkish officials said, as the regional rivals work to repair frayed ties.
Turkey and the UAE have been battling for influence since the Arab uprisings erupted a decade ago. The two countries have supported opposing sides in Libya’s civil war and their disputes extended to the eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf.
Erdogan and the Sheikh Mohammed will discuss bilateral ties, trade, regional developments and investments, one of the Turkish officials said.
The second official said the visit was “an important development for improving regional ties and easing tensions”, but added the final date had not yet been set.
The UAE foreign ministry declined to comment. A Turkish presidency communications official could not immediately be reached for comment.