ISTANBUL: Turkey accused the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday of bringing chaos to the Center East by means of its interventions in Libya and Yemen, allegations that are more likely to inflame tensions between the regional rivals.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was responding to criticism of Turkey’s position within the Libyan battle, the place it has deployed army personnel and helped ship Syrian fighters to help the internationally recognised authorities in Tripoli.
The United Arab Emirates and Egypt, which again the forces of Khalifa Haftar making an attempt to storm the Libyan capital, issued a joint assertion with Greece, Cyprus and France on Monday condemning “Turkey’s military interference in Libya”.
Cavusoglu informed Turkish broadcaster Akit TV that the United Arab Emirates, together with Egypt and different nations he didn’t title, have been “trying to destabilise the whole region”, however he singled out Abu Dhabi for explicit criticism.
“If you are asking who is destabilising this region, who is bringing chaos, then we would say Abu Dhabi without any hesitation,” he mentioned. “It is a reality that they are the force that unsettled Libya and destroyed Yemen.”
The UAE didn’t instantly reply to Cavusoglu’s criticism.
Ties between Turkey and the United Arab Emirates have been strained by Ankara’s help for Qatar after 4 Arab nations together with the UAE imposed sanctions on Doha in 2017 over its alleged help for Islamist militants, which Qatar denies.
The UAE sees itself as a bulwark towards political types of Islam, and views Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Get together as a supporter of teams just like the Muslim Brotherhood which it opposes.
In Libya, the place the UN says it has provided plane and army automobiles to Haftar, the UAE referred to as on all events final month to decide to a UN-supervised political course of to finish the warfare.
The UAE was additionally a number one energy in an alliance which intervened in Yemen 5 years in the past towards the Iran-aligned Houthi motion. It decreased its presence in Yemen final yr however stays a member of that alliance.
Cavusoglu additionally accused the UAE of supporting Islamist Al Shabab militants in Somalia, the place Turkey has a army base and is coaching Somali troops.
The UAE had educated lots of of Somali troops since 2014 as a part of an effort boosted by an African Union army mission to defeat an insurgency till Somalia disbanded the programme in 2018.
He made his feedback after the international ministry in Ankara condemned Monday’s assertion by the 5 nations, and accused France of “attempting to be the patron of this axis of malice”.