Dubai / TEH: The diplomatic advisor to the President of the UAE, Anwar Gargash, said that his country is keen on its relations with Turkey and Iran, noting that there is a need for more cooperation between the countries of the region.
This came in a lecture he gave, Thursday, under the title “Under the current changes in the region, it is necessary to manage matters peacefully with countries that have different policies and views, by working on the common grounds and putting differences aside. For example, Iran is a neighbour and therefore we endeavour to establish the best relations with it. We see that Turkey is a partner in our joint endeavour to prosperity and we continue to support the prospects of the Abraham Accords, in Abu Dhabi, according to what was reported by the official Emirates News Agency (WAM).
Gargash said: “The UAE is keen on its relations with Turkey, with Iran, with Arab countries (..) The UAE will not be a base for harming a neighbouring country like Iran.”
He added that the UAE “will always seek to resolve its differences with Iran through politics and diplomacy, and reduce the size of these differences.”
In November 2021, Ali Bagheri, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, said that his country had agreed with the UAE to “open a new page in bilateral relations,” according to the Iranian IRNA agency.
Gargash added: “It is in our interest with all the countries of the region to build on the agenda of stability and the agenda of prosperity.”
The Emirati official stated, “The need for regional platforms for cooperation and dialogue between the countries of the region, including Turkey and Iran, is based on the principle of renunciation of violence, respect for the sovereignty of countries, and opening up prospects for economic cooperation to create regional prosperity.” The Eastern Herald online newspaper.
He explained, “The UAE is the third-largest economy in the Middle East after Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and one of the largest economies in the world, with a population of 10 million and a GDP of $430 billion.”
The UAE and Turkey have recently strengthened their relations at all levels, and the UAE is seeking to double or triple the volume of its trade with Turkey, which is one of the most prominent signs of the warming relations between the two countries.
Currently, the UAE is Turkey’s largest trading partner in the Gulf region, and ranks second in the Gulf region in terms of direct investments in Turkey.
And last February, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a visit to the UAE, the first of its kind in nearly 10 years.
Erdogan’s visit to the UAE came after the visit of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to Ankara in November last year.