Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said that Turkey could cut off its diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates after the Gulf state struck a peace deal with 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 said.
Erdogan is a strong advocate of Palestinian rights who has frequently criticised Israeli policies in the West Bank.
“History will not forget those who betray the Palestinian people and sell out the Palestinian cause,” Erdogan’s spokesman, Ibrahim Kalin, tweeted on Friday.
“Turkey will continue to stand by the Palestinian people.”
History will not forget those who betray the Palestinian people and sell out the Palestinian cause.
Their miserable policies will not deter but give only strength to those who believe in justice, freedom and nobility.
Turkey will continue to stand by the Palestinian people.
— Ibrahim Kalin (@ikalin1) August 14, 2020
The Turkish foreign ministry earlier described the UAE-Israel deal as a hypocritical betrayal of the Palestinian cause.