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Rapprochement with the UAE: Is Turkey changing its foreign policy?

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The past few weeks have brought about an important shift in the region, represented by the visit of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Zayed, to Turkey and his meeting with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, where he was warmly received. The two countries signed a number of agreements and memoranda of cooperation, mainly in the commercial and economic sectors.

The visit represents the climax of the path of rapprochement between Turkey and a number of countries that stood on opposite sides to it in various regional issues, and even formed an axis to confront it, namely Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and, to a lesser extent, Bahrain.

Mohammed bin Zayed visited Turkey to coincide with the Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Saudi Minister of Commerce. There were also many meetings previously held between Cairo and Ankara with the aim of improving relations. Then the Turkish President crowned all this by emphasising that the "strong steps" taken by his country with Abu Dhabi will soon be taken in Cairo and Tel Aviv.

Given the severity of the polarisation that has characterised the relations of the two sides over the past eight years, especially Ankara and Abu Dhabi, including each supporting different parties in a number of countries and conflicts, the question asked by many today is whether something will change in the regional policies of these countries, and what the........

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