Arabs will not be led by Ankara or Tehran: UAE diplomat

DUBAI: A senior UAE diplomat said on Wednesday the Arab world would not be led by Turkey, the Gulf state’s first comment on Ankara since a quarrel broke out last week over a retweet by the Emirati foreign minister that President Tayyip Erdogan called an insult.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said there was a need for Arab countries to rally around the “Arab axis” of Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

“The sectarian and partisan view is not an acceptable alternative, and the Arab world will not be led by Tehran or Ankara,” he wrote on his official Twitter page.

Last week, Turkey summoned the charge d’affaires at the UAE Embassy in Ankara, after UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan shared a tweet that accused Turkish troops of looting the holy city of Madinah a century ago.

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