UAE wants Turkey to respect Arab states’ sovereignty


By Middle East Affairs

Turkey’s policy toward Arab states is infringing upon their rights and independence, a senior United Arab Emirates official said Saturday.

“It’s no secret that Arab-Turkish relations aren’t in their best state,” U.A.E. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted. “In order to return to balance, Ankara has to respect Arab sovereignty and deal with its neighbors with wisdom and rationality.”

Turkey has been supporting Qatar, which has put it on icy terms with other Gulf Arab countries because Saudi Arabia, Egypt, U.A.E. and Bahrain are boycotting Qatar for alleged ties to terrorism.

The U.A.E. is strongly against the Muslim Brotherhood, while Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in support of the group.

In December, for example, a U.A.E. official shared a tweet that accused Turkish troops of looting holy city Medina a century ago.

In retaliation, Erdogan claimed that official had been spoiled by oil money and renamed the street where the U.A.E. embassy was located after the Ottoman military commander who was criticized in the tweet.

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