Turkey comments on the Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE

12:14 AM

Tuesday 01 February 2022

Ankara – (dpa)

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stressed that his country is against all forms of terrorism, considering the Houthi attacks in Yemen against the UAE and Saudi Arabia as terrorist attacks targeting civilians.

This came in a joint press conference with his Bahraini counterpart Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, today, Monday, in the capital, Manama, after a meeting between them.

Davutoglu stressed that Turkey will support Bahrain’s priorities and activities during its presidency of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue, noting that today’s meeting is an indication of increased communication between the two countries, especially in recent times.

Çavuşoğlu indicated that during the two-day meetings in Bahrain, he discussed bilateral relations in all their aspects.

He stressed the need to hold meetings of the joint economic committee in order to develop economic relations between Turkey and Bahrain, noting that the co-chairs and ministers agreed to hold the meeting next March 23.

Davutoglu said: “We met today, Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, and we were briefed on Bahrain’s economic vision, and I want to assure that Turkey will do everything it can with its companies within the framework of this vision, and of course we have opportunities to cooperate in the defense industries, health and the environment. We also discussed regional issues, and our security.” The big thing is to bring stability to this region and ours.”

The Turkish foreign minister added: “We believe in the necessity of combating all terrorist organizations, whatever their goal and ideology, without double standards in this fight.”

Davutoglu explained that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries increased in 2021 to 460 million dollars, stressing that the goal for the year 2023 is to reach the figure of 750 million dollars.

Davutoglu pointed to the need to develop cooperation in the defense industry, noting that Turkey has come a long way with other Gulf countries.

He pointed out the need to develop bilateral relations in various fields, and that there is a strong political will to take steps in all fields.

Davutoglu stressed the need to solve all problems in Yemen, Syria, Libya, the entire region and the Islamic world by political means as soon as possible.

The Turkish Foreign Minister stated that such terrorist attacks (Houthis) increase problems and fuel conflicts, adding: “We stand by the friendly and brotherly countries in this regard.”

Cavusoglu explained that relations with some Gulf countries were cold in the past, and that to bypass this, bilateral talks were held, including talks with Egypt at the level of deputy foreign ministers.

“We are holding talks on all platforms with my brother, the Egyptian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sameh Shoukry,” Davutoglu added.

Davutoglu noted that talks with the UAE have made more progress than they achieved with Egypt, and that the mutual visits were successful.

Oglu indicated that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will visit the UAE next February, and that Turkey’s National Day will be celebrated at the Dubai Expo.

Davutoglu explained that the process of dialogue with Saudi Arabia is continuing, adding: “We hope to return and improve relations with Saudi Arabia as they were in the past and are better, and I think there will be positive developments in the coming period.”

Davutoglu reiterated Turkey’s readiness to contribute to achieving peace and stability in the region, noting that his country has made great strides in the defense industry in recent years and that there is great interest in those Turkish defense products.

For his part, Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bahrain, stressed the importance of joint work between his country and Turkey, in order to develop bilateral cooperation in various fields, and push aspects of economic cooperation between the two countries towards more distinguished levels that serve common interests and achieve the desired aspirations of the two friendly countries and peoples.

The Bahrain News Agency (BNA) quoted Al-Zayani as saying, during the press conference, the need to support ways to enhance and develop cooperation between the two countries in various political, economic and development fields, and to take advantage of the opportunities available to develop economic, commercial, cultural and tourism cooperation between them.

Al-Zayani added that the two sides studied the political and security developments and the challenges facing the Middle East region and threatening its security and stability.


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