UAE Seizes Moment as Region Pivots

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Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
  • Last week’s meeting between the regional strongmen leading Turkey and the United Arab Emirates could be a game changer.
  • For the UAE, the Ankara deal is part of a much larger diplomatic blitz.
  • For embattled Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, rapprochement with the UAE and its investment billions represents a potential lifeline. 

In hindsight, the Nov. 24 meeting between Erdogan and UAE Crown Prince (and de facto leader) Mohammed bin Zayed could be seen as a watershed moment for the region. The two have been locking horns since the 2011 Arab Spring, backing rival protagonists in Libya and Yemen's wars and in the Horn of Africa. Relations hit a nadir in 2016, when Ankara blamed Abu Dhabi for masterminding the failed coup attempt against Erdogan.

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