UAE warning to Turkey: Keep out of Arab affairs

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UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash on Saturday urged Turkey to stop interfering in Arab affairs, making a referring to the Ottoman empire which collapsed a century ago.

The backlash came after Turkey spoke of so-called “malicious” actions by the UAE in Libya, where the two countries support opposing sides in its grinding conflict. Gargash called on Turkey “to stop intervening in Arab affairs”.

Turkey can no longer behave like “the Sublime Porte and use the language of colonialism”, he said, referring to the government of the Ottoman empire which ruled the Arab world for centuries.