Aug 15, 2020 06:01 UTC
  • Erdogan says Turkey could suspend ties with UAE in wake of deal with Israel

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Ankara is considering the full suspension of diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates following its accord to normalize ties with the regime of Israel.

“I gave an order to the foreign minister. I said we could suspend diplomatic relations with the Abu Dhabi administration or withdraw our ambassador,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul on Friday.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry said earlier in the day that history and the conscience of the people of the region will never forget and forgive the “hypocritical behavior” of the UAE in agreeing such a deal with Israel.

"While betraying the Palestinian cause to serve its narrow interests, the UAE is trying to present this as a kind of act of self-sacrifice for Palestine," the ministry said.

The Israeli regime and the UAE on Thursday reached a deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two sides, in an agreement that US President Donald Trump apparently helped broker.

Under the agreement, Israel has allegedly agreed to suspend applying its own rule to further areas in the occupied West Bank and the strategic Jordan Valley that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had pledged to annex, senior White House officials told Reuters.