The Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Anwar Gargash, has expressed his country’s desire to normalize and restore relations with Turkey, following the tensions between the two.
Gargash made the remarks in an interview with the company Sky News Arabia, based in the Emirates, yesterday, saying: “What we want to say to Turkey is that we want to normalize our relations within the framework of mutual respect for sovereignty.”
Calling on Turkey to end its “support for the Muslim Brotherhood and restore its relations” with the Arab world, the Emirates foreign minister stated that there are no other substantive issues that obstruct the improvement of relations between Abu Dhabi and Ankara.
He also said: “We do not appreciate any dispute with Turkey”, acknowledging that the UAE is Turkey’s main trading partner in the Middle East.
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Gargash’s comments about the warming of relations with Turkey come after ties between the two countries have been strained throughout 2020, by a series of geopolitical clashes in the region.
In April it was discovered that Abu Dhabi had tried to bribe Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad with $ 3 billion to renew his regime’s offensive on opposition territory in Idlib, with the aim of tying up the Turkish military forces to distract them. of operations in Libya.
Then, in August, the UAE normalized relations with Israel, prompting Turkey to condemn it for turning its back on it and helping to infringe on the rights of the Palestinians. The Ankara National Intelligence Organization (MIT) soon revealed that the Emirates had been operating a spy ring inside Turkey.
Gargash’s remarks also come days after the United Arab Emirates and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states re-established ties with Qatar after their three-and-a-half-year blockade of the country.