For better Arab-Turkey ties: UAE FM puts how-to-guide for Ankara
“It is notable that the Arab-Turkish relations are not good. In order to get back a balance for these relations, Ankara should put the Arab sovereignty into its consideration and should deal with its neighbors wisely and rationally,” Qarqash said on his official Twitter account on Saturday.
لا يخفى على المراقب أن العلاقات العربية التركية ليست في أحسن حالاتها، ولعودة التوازن على أنقرة أن تراعي السيادة العربية وأن تتعامل مع جوارها بحكمة وعقلانية.— د. أنور قرقاش (@AnwarGargash) March 10, 2018
He added that Arab countries cannot be “led by neighbors,” continuing that Saudi Arabia’s significance and pivotal role were highlighted in the success visit paid by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Britain.
العالم العربي لن يقاد من جواره، وظروفه الراهنة لن تبقى دائمة، وعلى دول الجوار أن تميّز في التعامل مع العرب بين الحقائق والأساطير.— د. أنور قرقاش (@AnwarGargash) March 10, 2018
Qarqash also asked Turkey to “respect Arab sovereignty” and to stop backing movements that aim to change the ruling regimes of the Arab countries, hinting at the county’s support of the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.
التعرض للدول العربية الرئيسيّة ودعم حركات مؤدلجة تسعى لتغيير الأنظمة بالعنف لا يمثل توجها عقلانيا نحو الجوار، وأنقرة مطالبة بمراعاة سيادة الدول العربية و إحترامها.— د. أنور قرقاش (@AnwarGargash) March 10, 2018
Recently, Turkey and the UAE went into a tit-for-tat speech between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan over Ottoman power legacy.
In December 2017, Al Nahyan retweeted a post by a user claiming that Fahreddin Pasha, the Commander of the Ottoman Army and Governor of Medina from 1916 to 1919 and was known by defending the Medina during the First World War (WWI) against the British troops, has committed crimes against the civilians of Medina. The post also claimed that Fahreddin has stolen the people’s money and manuscripts.
هل تعلمون في عام1916قام التركي فخري باشا بجريمة بحق أهل المدينة النبوية فسرق أموالهم وقام بخطفهم واركابهم في قطارات إلى الشام واسطنبول برحلة سُميت(سفر برلك)— د. علي العراقي (@ali11iraq) December 16, 2017
كما سرق الأتراك أغلب مخطوطات المكتبة المحمودية بالمدينة وارسلوها إلى تركيا.
هؤلاء أجداد أردوغان وتاريخهم مع المسلمين العرب pic.twitter.com/lEynzANQiV
Turkey saw the retweeting is a “provocative” way and an insult against the Turks. Turkish presidency spokesperson İbrahim Kalin described Nahyan’s act as “ a shame.”
It is a shame that @ABZayed, FM of UAE, retweets this propaganda lie that seeks to turn Turks & Arabs against one another, again. It was Fahreddin Pasha who bravely defended Madina against the British plans then. Is attacking President Erdoğan at all costs the new fashion now? https://t.co/E9o4u7aSCH— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) December 19, 2017
In a speech to local administrators on December 20, 2017, President Erdogan sarcastically replied that “Where were your (Nahyan’s) ancestors when Faherddin Pasha was defending Medina?!”
Side in Triangle of Evils
Ankara is seen as one of a triangle of evils named by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Slaman, commonly known as MBS, said in a meeting with a number of Egyptian journalists and reporters during his three-day visit to Cairo this month.
MBS said that Turkey aims to bring the Caliphate state regime in the region via supporting and hosting organizations labelled as “terrorists” by Arab countries. Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia have named the Muslim Brotherhood group a “terrorist organization” that aims to destabilise the region’s political affairs.
Turkey’s relations with Egypt have strained since the overthrowing of former President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013 following mass protests called for the end of his one-year tenure. Following the protests, Ankara has denounced the ouster of Morsi and backed his group of the Brotherhood.
Despite several trials of easing the tensions between both countries since then, the dispute flared up recently, when Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview in February that his country sees a maritime demarcation deal between Egypt and Cyprus “null and void”.
As per the demarcation deal, both countries allocated blocks to explore natural gas in the exclusive economic zones (EEZ) in the Mediterranean Sea in 2013. According to the delimited areas, Egypt has started to explore the natural gas in Zohr area.
In response to Turkey, Egyptian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid warned against any attempts “infringe or diminish” his country’s rights, adding that the agreement was delimited in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The deal that was not signed by Turkey, which has announced its claims on the area delimited between Cyprus and Egypt.
Thus, UAE Foreign Minister’s comments could be another direct message to the Turkish government to change its policy in the region.