An Emirati delegation discusses in Ankara opportunities for cooperation in the military industries
A Turkish official said yesterday, Tuesday, that a delegation from the UAE government visited Ankara to discuss opportunities for cooperation with the Turkish military industries, two weeks after the visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed to Turkey in which he met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the two sides signed a number of cooperation agreements. .
Bloomberg Agency quoted a Turkish official as saying that an Emirati military delegation visited Ankara the day before yesterday, Monday, and met with Turkish military officials, and visited the Turkish drone manufacturer, and other military manufacturing companies, including Aselsan.
Ankara and Abu Dhabi signed agreements on investments worth billions of dollars about two weeks ago during the visit of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to the Turkish capital, and the Turkish president said that the agreements heralded the beginning of a “new era” in relations between the two countries.
The Turkish official said, on condition of anonymity, that the Emirati delegation met on Monday with the Turkish Defense Industries Department.
The head of the Turkish Defense Industries Department, Ismail Demir, told reporters at the weekend that Ankara and Abu Dhabi have the capabilities to cooperate in the military field, noting that Abu Dhabi has shown interest in Turkish military industries, and that the talks between the two sides may result in export opportunities.
“Less than ten days ago, I talked about a great Emirati interest in buying a stake in Aselsan Company
Today Bloomberg talks about a visit by an Emirati delegation to Ankara and talks with officials from Aselsan
And Aselsan Company responds:
Our company is not for sale because it was founded with donations from our people.
The Turkish people are its real owner https://t.co/SXbqCyf9k0
— Dr.mehmet canbekli (@Mehmetcanbekli1) December 7, 2021
Demir added, “When we look at the numbers of our defense industries, we see that our relations in the field of defense industries continued even in times of crisis. There was contact even when relations were not at their best,” referring to the tense Turkish-Emirati relations in the past years due to internal Turkish issues, and because of regional files.
Turkey said last September that it was in talks with the UAE about energy investments such as electricity generation, and the UAE’s sovereign wealth funds have invested heavily in Turkish online grocery marketing company Jeter and Turkish e-commerce platform Trendyol.
During the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s visit to the Turkish capital, the Turkish authorities and their Emirati counterpart announced the establishment of a $10 billion fund to support Emirati investments in Turkey.