Iran and Turkey accuse the UAE of backstabbing Palestinians, Muslims

Updated: 15 August, 2020 08:44 IST | Agencies | Tehran

Turkey said the peoples of the region "will never forget and will never forgive this hypocritical behaviour" by the UAE

Palestinian protesters set aflame cut-outs of (left to right) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Donald Trump on Friday. Pic/AFP
Palestinian protesters set aflame cut-outs of (left to right) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, and Donald Trump on Friday. Pic/AFP

Iran and Turkey lashed out at their regional rival the UAE on Friday over its decision to normalise diplomatic relations with Israel in a US-brokered deal, accusing it of betraying the Palestinian cause.

Iran's Foreign Ministry called the deal a "dagger that was unjustly struck by the UAE in the backs of the Palestinian people and all Muslims."

Turkey said the peoples of the region "will never forget and will never forgive this hypocritical behaviour" by the UAE.

The UAE, which has never fought Israel and has quietly been improving ties for years, said the agreement put a hold on Israel's plans to unilaterally annex parts of the occupied West Bank, which the Palestinians view as the heartland of their future state.

But the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the UAE had no authority to negotiate with Israel on behalf of the Palestinians or "to make concessions on matters vital to Palestine."

The agreement would make the UAE the first Gulf Arab state — and the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan -- to have full diplomatic ties with Israel. The Palestinians say the deal amounts to "treason" and have called on Arab and Muslim countries to oppose it.

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First Published: 15 August, 2020 08:09 IST

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