Yemen, Syria, defense deals top agenda as Erdogan heads for Kuwait

April 27, 2015 17:40

ANKARA - The crises in Yemen and Syria as well as defense and construction deals will top the agenda when Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan meets Kuwait's emir this week, the latest sign of Turkish efforts to strengthen ties with Gulf Arab states.

Erdogan has supported fellow Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies in their campaign against Iran-allied Houthi insurgents in Yemen and has repeatedly accused Tehran of seeking to dominate the Middle East.

"We will offer some deals to Kuwait that are beneficial to both countries, especially deals on defense," Erdogan told a news conference in Ankara on Monday before leaving for Kuwait.

He said Turkish contractors had projects worth $1.6 billion in Kuwait and that he wanted to increase bilateral trade.

."Regional issues will be discussed during the visit, including Syria and Yemen. Especially on Yemen, we will discuss what steps we can take together," Erdogan said.

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