His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and visiting Turkish President Abdullah Gul held on Tuesday talks at Zabeel Palace over ways of expanding horizons of the strong trade and investment relations to cover all sectors.
Sheikh Mohammed hoped Gul's visit to the UAE would produce positive results that serve interest of the two friendly countries and peoples.
Highlighting the current volume of trade and investment especially between private sectors in the two countries, Sheikh Mohammed lauded the role the Turkish companies operating in the UAE play in the building and construction.
The Vice-President also welcomed Turkish businessmen who have excellent relations with their UAE counterparts.
For his part, the Turkish President, Abdullah Gul, expressed his delight at visiting the UAE and having talks with President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammed. He also marveled at the civilisation and humanitarian progress the UAE has made, saying it reflects the far-sighted vision of the UAE leadership.
The Turkish head of state viewed the UAE great achievements as a source of pride and ease to the leadership and people of Turkey. He hoped that channels of communication between the two countries would broaden in future.
He asserted the vital role of the private sector in building strategic partnership between the two countries.
The meeting was attended by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Aviation Authority and Chairman of Emirates Group, Mohammed Abdullah Al Gargawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy, and a number of senior officials as well as UAE Ambassador to Turkey Khaled Khalifa Al Mua'alla and Turkish Ambassador to UAE Vural Altay.
Later, Sheikh Mohammed hosted a luncheon in honour of the Turkish president and his accompanying delegation which was attended by a number of sheikhs, ministers, and Turkish businessmen escorting President Gul.