ANKARA: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces General Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Turkish President Abdullah Gul held discussions on Tuesday on ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the UAE and Turkey.
They reviewed the excellent friendly ties between the two countries and their peoples in the light of the diligence of both sides to bolster relations in various avenues.
A number of regional and international developments and topics of common concern also came up for discussion.
Gul welcomed Sheikh Mohammed and the accompanying delegation at the Presidential Palace in Ankara and stressed that the visit embodies the mutual keenness of the leadership of both countries to bolster and expand the bilateral ties between them to serve the interests of both the people.
Sheikh Mohammed conveyed to Gul, the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as his good wishes for the welfare of the people of Turkey.
He also asserted that the recent visit by the Turkish President to the UAE paved the way towards added co-operation and gave a strong impetus to the growing ties between the two countries and their friendly relations.
Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of continuing consultation and bilateral coordination between the two countries for their mutual welfare. He also underlined the need for the exchange of visits between them as well as the boosting of bilateral trade and investment. This will strengthen the strategic partnership, especially as the UAE and Turkish economies are characterised by growth and development, the Crown Prince said.
Gul offered his greetings to be carried to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa and expressed wishes for the progress and prosperity of the UAE people.
The Turkish President also hosted a state banquet in honour of Sheikh Mohammed and the accompanying delegation and was attended by senior Turkish officials.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khalid Khalifa Al Mualla, UAE Ambassador to Turkey and other officials.
From the Turkish side, Foreign Minister Davutoglu, Finance Minister Mehmet Hamshk, National Defence Minister Ismet Yilmaz, other senior state officials and Turkish Ambassador to the UAE Sefik Vural Altay attended the meeting. Sheikh Mohammed also visited on Tuesday the mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey.
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