United Emirates and Turkey strengthen bilateral cooperation
The foreign ministers of both countries discussed mutual diplomatic relations and relevant issues such as the war in Ukraine and an emerging food crisis
By News Desk - November 05 2022

The UAE’s foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed discusses regional matters and energy in a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu at an Abu Dhabi event.
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The UAE’s foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed discussed important international matters and regional cooperation with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu in the UAE on 5 November.

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed received Mevlut Cavusoglu in Abu Dhabi and discussed the prospects of bilateral cooperation and partnership between the two countries and efforts to enhance them in order to achieve the common interests of the two countries and their peoples, as reported by the official Emirati news agency WAM.

The meeting dealt with various issues of common interest, such as the current global food and energy crisis, which has been aggravated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, affecting the grain and cereal trade.

This has led to a rise in prices and problems in the energy supply of gas and oil, an area in which Russia has a preeminent position despite the economic sanctions imposed by the West for the military operation in Ukraine, according to Alarabiya News.

Regarding the war on Ukrainian territory, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed congratulated Cavusoglu on the resumption of the agreement to export grain through the Black Sea to international markets. Russia backed out and announced its reinstatement of the grain agreement with Ukraine, Atalayar news reported.

Turkey is playing a major role in the resumption of the Ukrainian grain trade and, in fact, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on 4 November that Russia will send free grain to poor countries in Africa to tackle the current food crisis, just after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Erdogan pledged to send grain and fertilizer to some of the world’s least developed countries, especially those in Africa, as part of the agreement for the departure of ships from Ukrainian ports, according to Sputnik.

“We will make sure that ships with grain reach all countries in need, starting with Somalia, Djibouti, and Sudan, which are experiencing problems because of a severe food crisis and famine,” he said, speaking at the MÜSIAD Expo 2022 in Istanbul, according to Daily Sabah News.

Erdogan has revealed that during a conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, Putin conveyed to him the need to “send duty-free grain” to these countries. “On this issue, we are on the same page,” he said, as reported by the Turkish state news agency Anatolia.

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