Cavusoglu: We are working with the UAE to stabilize Libya

Alwasat Staff Sat 28 May 2022, 11:56 PM
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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that his country and the UAE are working for the stability of Libya, leaving differences between them in the past.

"There were differences of opinion about Libya byt now we are all working for the stability of this country," Cavusoglu said, in a speech during a joint press conference with his Emirati counterpart Abdullah bin Zayed, who visited Ankara on Friday.

He added that the "Turkish-Emirati" relations had entered a new stage, pointing to the historical and cultural ties between them.

He explained that he and his Emirati counterpart reviewed bilateral relations, including in the areas of trade, technology, finance and transportation, and discussed possible bilateral steps to advance relations. 

Adding: "We are working to advance our relations in a broader range, from trade to agriculture, and from defense industries to health and tourism."

The minister touched on the volume of trade exchange between the two countries, pointing out that the UAE is Turkey's "largest trading partner" in the Arab Gulf region and that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries approached eight billion dollars in 2021, expressing his confidence in reaching the goal of ten billion dollars between the two countries.

The minister stated that the two countries are working on very important transportation projects that will link the Gulf region with Europe and that the relevant institutions in the two countries are continuing talks regarding a railway and a land crossing project in Iraq.

Cavusoglu also expressed his hope that more important steps will be taken between Turkey and Egypt as well, and that he discussed this file with his Emirati counterpart.

He added, "There are problems in Yemen, terrorist attacks have occurred, and we have shown our solidarity with Saudi Arabia and the UAE," stressing the need for cooperation in combating terrorism, and that Turkey is very clear in this regard because it benefits all parties.

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