UAE official tells Turkey to stop meddling in Arab affairs over Libya

UAE official tells Turkey to stop meddling in Arab affairs over Libya

RIYADH (RAHNUMA): A UAE official on Saturday urged Turkey to stop interfering in Arab affairs, mockingly referring to the Ottoman empire which collapsed a century ago.

The backlash came after Turkey condemned what it termed “malicious” actions by the UAE in Libya, where the two countries support opposing sides in its grinding conflict. Anwar Gargash, minister of state for foreign affairs, 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.

“The Sublime Porte and colonialist illusions belong to the archives of history… and relations between states are not conducted with threats,” Gargash wrote.

Turkey backs the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) in western Libya, while the forces of eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar are supported by the UAE, Egypt and Russia.

“Abu Dhabi does what it does in Libya, does what it does in Syria. All of it is being recorded. At the right place and time, the accounts will be settled,” Turkey’s Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said in an interview.

“It is necessary to ask Abu Dhabi, where this hostility, where these intentions, where this jealousy comes from,” he said, quoted Friday on the Turkish Defense Ministry’s website.

The Barakah plant is significantly contributing to the UAE’s efforts to move towards the electrification of its energy sector, and the decarbonization of electricity production.

When fully operational, the plant will produce 5.6 gigawatts of electricity while preventing the release of more than 21 million tons of carbon emissions every year, equivalent to the removal of 3.2 million cars from the UAE’s roads annually.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi congratulated Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on the successful launch of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, WAM reported.

Meanwhile, Bahrain’s Ambassador to the UAE Sheikh Khalid bin Abdullah bin Ali bin Hamad Al-Khalifa has also congratulated the country’s leadership on the operation of Unit 1 of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant.

The ambassador said the launch is a significant step made by Emirati hands toward the production of clean energy, which reflects the vision of the country’s leadership.

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Dr. Naif bin Falah Al-Hajraf commended the start of the Arab World’s first peaceful nuclear energy plant. He also congratulated the UAE’s President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan for the successful launch, state news agency SPA reported.

“The UAE has long sought to build human capabilities and huge scientific, research, technical and administrative cadres. And over the years, it achieved tremendous accomplishments in several fields, and hereby announced the success of the operation of the first peaceful nuclear energy reactor in the Arab world in Abu Dhabi,” he said.

The Director General of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, Christer Viktorsson has also commended the successful startup of the Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant, saying that while the world is under the impact of coronavirus, the delivery of this milestone is an important success to the UAE, WAM reported.

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