Turkey may suspend ties with UAE after deal with Israel: Erdogan

2020-08-15 21:25:50
Turkey may suspend ties with UAE after deal with Israel: Erdogan

Turkey is considering suspending diplomatic ties with the United Arab Emirates and withdrawing its ambassador after agreement between the UAE and Israel to establish diplomatic ties, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

"The move against Palestine is not a step that can be stomached. Now, Palestine is either closing or withdrawing its embassy. The same thing is valid for us now," Erdogan said on Friday.

"I told him [the UAE foreign minister] we may also take a step in the direction of suspending diplomatic ties with the Abu Dhabi leadership or pulling back our ambassador."

The Turkish foreign ministry said history would never forgive the UAE’s “hypocritical behavior” in agreeing such a deal.

In a joint statement issued by the White House on Thursday, Israel and the UAE announced that they had “agreed to the full normalization of relations.”

Delegations from Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi will meet in the coming weeks to sign bilateral agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security and the establishment of reciprocal embassies, the statement read.

Speaking to reporters after the UAE-Israel deal was announced, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, said, "There is a good chance that another country could make a deal with Israel in the coming days."

“We hope this is an icebreaker where Israel can now normalize relations with other countries,” he added, stressing that the US administration had been in talks with other Arab states to forge ties with Tel Aviv, too.

In an interview with CNBC on Friday, Kushner said it was inevitable that Saudi Arabia would follow the UAE’s suit in normalizing contacts with Israel.

The UAE-Israel deal marks the third such agreement the occupying regime has struck with an Arab country after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994).

In recent years, Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi increased backchannel cooperation. In May, the first direct Emirati commercial flight landed in Tel Aviv and in June, the two sides announced their partnership to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

US official: Bahrain, Oman expected to normalize Israeli ties

An unidentified senior American official told the Palestinian al-Quds newspaper that it was just "a matter of time" before Bahrain and Oman followed the UAE’s suit and established ties with Israel.

He cited Bahrain's decision to host the unveiling of Trump's self-proclaimed “deal of the century” last year and Oman's previous trade relations with Israel.

The deal of the century was a green light for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to impose its “sovereignty” over West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley — some 30 percent of the West Bank.

After the deal with the UAE, Netanyahu said, “there is no change” to the annexation scheme, adding, however, that Trump had asked him to “temporarily halt” the move.


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