UAE Tells Turkey to Keep Out of Arab Affairs

W460

A United Arab Emirates official on Saturday urged Turkey to stop interfering in Arab affairs, mockingly referring to the Ottoman empire which collapsed a century ago.

The backlash came after Turkey condemned what it termed "malicious" actions by the UAE in Libya, where the two countries support opposing sides in its grinding conflict.

Anwar Gargash, minister of state for foreign affairs, called on Turkey "to stop intervening in Arab affairs."

Turkey can no longer behave like "the Sublime Porte and use the language of colonialism," he said, referring to the government of the Ottoman empire which ruled the Arab world for centuries.

"The Sublime Porte and colonialist illusions belong to the archives of history... and relations between states are not conducted with threats," Gargash wrote.

Turkey backs the U.N.-recognized Government of National Accord in western Libya, while the forces of eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar are supported by the UAE, as well as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Russia.

"Abu Dhabi does what it does in Libya, does what it does in Syria. All of it is being recorded. At the right place and time, the accounts will be settled," Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in an interview with Al-Jazeera television.

"It is necessary to ask Abu Dhabi, where this hostility, where these intentions, where this jealousy comes from," he said, quoted Friday on the Turkish defense ministry's website.

Libya has been torn by violence since the 2011 ouster of long-time dictator Moammar Gadhafi in a NATO-backed uprising, and the conflict has since drawn in multiple foreign powers.

Comments 4
Missing phillipo 01 August 2020, 15:43

Finally someone telling that dictator to mind his own business.

Default-user-icon Remi (Guest) 01 August 2020, 15:57

but who says this? UAE is supporting Haftar, if turkey back haftar, this will not an intervention in Arab affairs for them.

Missing levant 01 August 2020, 16:10

.....and idiot erdogan doesn't sleep at night wondering whey the EU wont let him in. Useless dictator.

Thumb lebnanfirst 01 August 2020, 20:19

Erdogan is but another manifestation of political Islam and the concept of a supreme leader on the bases of the Khaliphate system as opposed to the Wali Faqueeh one.

Dictatorship and theocratic dogma are the main common elements of both.