UAE President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, during his visit to the United Arab Emirates.
During the meeting that took place at Qasr Al Shati Palace Monday, the Turkish Minister conveyed to Sheikh Mohamed the greetings of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his wishes of continued health and happiness to His Highness and further progress and prosperity to the UAE. Sheikh Mohamed reciprocated the greetings to President Erdogan, wishing Turkey and its people sustainable progress.
The Turkish Minister also offered his condolences over the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and congratulated His Highness on his election as President of UAE.
The two sides discussed the prospects of further advancing their friendship relations and various aspects of cooperation between the two nations, UAE national news agency WAM reported.
The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, Minister of State for Defense Affairs, Sheikh Shakhboot bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of State, and Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, Lieutenant General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi.
For his part, Mohammed bin Ahmed Al Bowardi, UAE Minister of State for Defense Affairs, also met with Hulusi Akar, Minister of National Defense of Turkey, and the accompanying delegation.
The meeting took place in the presence of General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the UAE Armed Forces, Mattar Salem Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defense, and several senior military officers and officials at the Ministry.
During the meeting, Al Bowardi stressed the importance of the historical relations between the two friendly countries, which date back many decades, especially since the beginning of joint cooperation in 1984. The meeting discussed ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries, especially in the military and defense fields, and contribute to maintaining peace and security in the region.
The two sides reviewed the development of cooperation in military training and defense industries fields, as well as exchanged expertise to serve the interests of their countries.
After the meeting, the Turkish Minister and his delegation toured a number of Emirati companies specialized in manufacturing military hardware and equipment, and were briefed on the latest technologies in this field.