The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engaged himself in a verbal war with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leaders.
The Turkish President’s rhetoric against the UAE foreign minister Mr. Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan came after the latter retweeted a post attacking the Ottoman past of Turkey.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused ‘some Arab leaders’ of antagonizing his country to “cover their ignorance and their incompetence.”
Turkey's Erdogan slams the Foreign Minister of the UAE for accusing an Ottoman commander of mistreating Arabs pic.twitter.com/JGWroXEutw
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Earlier, Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesperson of the Turkish President accused UAE Foreign Minister of spreading divisive propaganda.
The UAE diplomat Mr. Abdullaj Bin Nahyan shared a tweet lambasting the Ottoman past of Turkey when the Ottoman governor of Medina, a Saudi Arabian city where lies of the mosque of the prophet of Islam, Fahreddin Pasha “committed crimes against local Arabs” in between 1916 to 1919.
The UAE Foreign Minister retweeted a post that said, “These are Erdogan’s ancestors and their past with the Arabs.”
These remarks mark the escalating relations between Ankara and Abu Dhabi in the recent days after UAE severing ties with Qatar and imposing a blockade on the country while Turkey covering its back.
To strengthen their support for Doha, Turkey declared to build a military base in Qatar after the Arab countries severed ties with Doha.
Turkish President Erdogan’s spokesperson Mr. Kalin responded the FM of UAE immediately alleging him to turn Arabs and Turks against one another.
Protesting Abdullah’s tweet, Mr. Kalin defended the Ottoman history and said, “It was Fahreddin Pasha who bravely defended Medina against the British plans then.”
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)
كما سرق الأتراك أغلب مخطوطات المكتبة المحمودية بالمدينة وارسلوها إلى تركيا.
هؤلاء أجداد أردوغان وتاريخهم مع المسلمين العرب pic.twitter.com/lEynzANQiV
— د. علي العراقي (@ali11iraq) December 16, 2017
“While Fahreddin Pasha was defending Medina, you miserable ones who slander us, where were your ancestors?” Kalin led his rhetoric to question the UAE ancestors’ role during the fall of Ottoman empire.
The Turkish-UAE relations hit even lower after the Trump administration recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announced to shift the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
UAE and Saudi Arabia, in pursuit to continue the same privilege they have apparently been receiving from the U.S. President Trump, abstained from protesting the U.S. move and almost abandoned the issue by not sending a high ranking convoy to the OIC summit where Erdogan announced to take the issue to stir the Muslim world.