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Qatar, Turkey, Brotherhood leading smear campaigns against UAE: Gargash

July 24, 2020
Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs
Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs

Saudi Gazette report

DUBAI — A key minister in the United Arab Emirates government on Friday accused Qatar, Turkey and the Muslim Brotherhood of carrying out smear campaigns in the media against his country.

Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, launched a scathing attack against his country’s perceived adversaries in a series of tweets.

“Inflating the regional role of the UAE, which Qatari, Turkish and Brotherhood media platforms have long been doing, is a double-edged sword for those who are leading this smear campaign with an aim to demonize the UAE,” Gargash said in one of his tweets.

“However, the amplification of the UAE’s role shows its toughness as a country that raises the banner of confronting regional interference in Arab affairs is free publicity that we do not fully deserve. We are an ally to the forces of good in the region that seeks stability and development and opposes Arab submission to other regional powers,” Gargash added.

Lauding his county’s leadership its ambitious vision and scientific temperament, Gargash said: “There is no doubt, that part of this ongoing smear campaign, in which millions are being spent, is due to the inability to keep up with the UAE’s ambitions, its scientific leadership and our ability to benefit from the experiences of developed countries.”

“We know that our neighbor is wasting its (resources) on demonizing us, but you should know that their money strengthens our status and role,” the UAE minister added.

In 2017, the UAE, along with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Bahrain, severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

Both Ankara and Doha are also accused of providing support to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the quartet.


July 24, 2020
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