Today, Wednesday, Turkey took sudden measures against the “Brotherhood” residing on its territory, ahead of an upcoming visit to Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is scheduled to visit Ankara for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on November 24, in Attempt to mend strained relationships.
And Saudi media reported that Turkey had told a number of Brotherhood members to leave its lands.
She pointed out that the Turkish authorities directed Muslim Brotherhood leaders residing on its soil not to use Facebook against Gulf and Arab countries.
Two Turkish officials had said that Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, would visit Turkey for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on November 24, in an attempt to repair strained relations, according to Reuters.
Turkey and the UAE have been competing for influence, since popular protests erupted in several Arab countries in 2011, and the two countries supported the conflicting parties in the Libyan civil war, and their disputes extended to the eastern Mediterranean and the Gulf, according to the agency.
One Turkish official said Erdogan and bin Zayed would discuss bilateral relations, trade, regional developments and investments.
The second official said the visit was “an important development to improve regional relations and ease tensions.”
The UAE Foreign Ministry declined to comment after a request from Reuters.
The agency was unable to obtain a response from the Turkish presidency.
It is noteworthy that the last visit of bin Zayed to Turkey was in 2012, during the tenure of former Turkish President Abdullah Gul.
The announcement of the upcoming visit comes after a contact between Erdogan and bin Zayed last August, and after receiving an Emirati delegation headed by Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Adviser to the UAE, in the same month.