The reactions have not stopped since the statements made by Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar recently during a television interview, in which he launched a direct and severe attack on the United Arab Emirates.
Akar had said in his television interview, “Abu Dhabi committed harmful actions in Libya and Syria” and vowed to them, saying, “We will hold them accountable in the appropriate place and time.” As a functional country, it serves others politically or militarily and is used and exploited remotely.
Since the Turkish Minister of Defense launched his statements against the UAE, the reactions have not stopped either on the official side, in the Emirates itself, some of the Arab countries allied with it, or via social media, where people split into two teams as usual, one of them defending the Emirates and the other Defending Turkey.
Reacting to the Turkish minister’s statements, Abu Dhabi called Turkey on the first of August, to stop what it described as interference in Arab affairs, and to abandon “colonial delusions”.
“The logic of the High Gate, the Supreme State, and its franchises, is in its place in the historical archive. Relationships are not managed with threats and intrusions, and there is no place for colonial delusions,” Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said in a tweet on Twitter. Gargash considered that “the provocative statement of the Turkish Minister of Defense is a new fall in his country’s diplomacy,” noting that “it is more appropriate for Turkey to stop interfering in Arab affairs.”
For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain, which is an ally of Abu Dhabi on Sunday 2 August, condemned the statements “hostile to the Turkish Defense Minister, Khulsi Akar, towards the sisterly United Arab Emirates.
The Bahraini Foreign Ministry considered the Turkish minister’s statements “a rejected provocation that contradicts diplomatic norms, and a reprehensible threat to a sister Arab country, which was distinguished by its authentic national positions and its constructive role in the international community.” Emphasizing “the solidarity of the Kingdom of Bahrain with its sister, the United Arab Emirates, and its standing in unison with the UAE in its consistent position regarding Turkish interference in the internal affairs of countries”
Relationships strained for years
The latest escalation is the latest in a series of regional conflicts between the UAE and Turkey, in light of relations that have been tense for some time now, and have been further strained by both countries’ involvement in the conflict in Libya, where Turkey supports the government of reconciliation, recognized by the United Nations, and its headquarters Tripoli, while supporting the UAE with regional allies, includes Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, who controls the Libyan east and part of the south of the country.
Relations between the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have deteriorated in recent years due to competition for regional influence and Turkey’s support for Qatar in the Gulf dispute between Doha on the one hand, and Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Manama and Cairo on the other.
And just as Turkey recently converted the Hagia Sophia Museum to a mosque, it was the latest occasion to stoke the dispute between Abu Dhabi and Ankara, as Abu Dhabi criticized the Turkish decision to convert the museum into a mosque, and Emirati Minister of Culture and Youth Noura bint Muhammad Al Kaabi said in a statement that changing the status of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, he did not take into account the human value of this historical landmark, which has always been a world heritage, cultural and heritage value, and a bridge to bring people together and strengthen their common bonds.
And Turkey, and among the contradictions between it and the United Arab Emirates, has named the alley Fakhruddin Pasha on the neighborhood in which the UAE embassy is located in Ankara in 2018, after the Ottoman ruler, who is accused by the UAE of committing crimes against the residents of Medina.
Observers consider that the failed coup attempt, which Turkey witnessed on July 15, 2016, represented a milestone in the history of Emirati-Turkish relations, as some Turkish media accused the UAE of supporting the coup, especially after the clear support, which was shown by several Emirati media To try to overthrow.
In your opinion
Where are the relations between the United Arab Emirates and Turkey going in light of the recent escalation?
Do you think that the Turkish Minister of Defense violated a diplomatic tradition by his clear threat to hold the UAE accountable?
And how do you evaluate what he said about the UAE’s permanent quest to harm Turkey?
Do you think that Turkey can implement its threats to hold Abu Dhabi accountable? How do you think this will look?
How does the recent escalation affect the role of the UAE and its allied countries in the Libyan conflict?
We will discuss these and other areas with you in the Monday, August 3, episode of The Point of Dialogue program at 16:06 GMT.
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