Abu Dhabi: UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received a telephone call from Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of the Republic of Turkiye.
The leaders talked about areas of mutual interest in the region and worldwide, as well as bilateral relations and cooperation between the UAE and Turkey in a number of sectors.
During the call, the President of the United Arab Emirates expressed to President Erdoğan and the Turkish people his deepest condolences for the deaths of Turkish soldiers in the recent terrorist attack that targeted a Turkish military base and left several casualties in its wake.
A recent attack on a Turkish military base in Iraq resulted in nine soldiers’ deaths. Five soldiers were killed on Friday night when intruders tried to break into a military base in the semiautonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. Four more people later died from serious injuries. According to the ministry, 15 fighters also died.
According to the Turkish ministry, 29 locations were attacked, including “caves, bunkers, shelters, and oil installations” that belonged to the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian Kurdish organization that has been a key component of the coalition led by the United States against ISIS (ISIL) and the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
The President of Turkey thanked Sheikh Mohamed Al Nahyan for showing genuine support for Turkey and its people, reiterating the importance of UAE-Turkish ties, and wishing the UAE further development and prosperity.
The two sides emphasized the need for concerted international efforts to combat all forms of terrorism, which seek to undermine the stability of nations and the security of their people.