President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan received in Abu Dhabi on Monday Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar, reported the state news agency WAM.
The Turkish minister conveyed to Sheikh Mohamed the greetings of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his wishes of further progress and prosperity to the UAE.
He also offered his condolences over the passing of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and congratulated Sheikh Mohamed on his election as president.
The officials discussed the prospects of further advancing their ties of friendship and various aspects of cooperation between their countries.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, 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.
Also on Monday, Akar held talks with Al Bowardi, his UAE counterpart.
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.
Al Bowardi stressed the importance of the historic relations between the UAE and Turkey that date back many decades.
The meeting discussed ways to boost cooperation between their countries, especially in the military and defense fields, and contribute to maintaining peace and security in the region.
The officials 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, reported WAM.