In an interview with Al-Jazeera last week, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar used harsh words when speaking about the United Arab Emirates, in what could be considered the most severe position issued by a Turkish official towards this country.
The Turkish Minister of Defense referred to the Emirati plots in Libya and Syria, its cooperation with terrorist organizations when necessary, and its activities aimed at undermining stability in Islamic countries through the use of terrorist and mercenary organizations, in addition to its planning to carry out coups.
This hostile Emirati policy towards Turkey was known before, but that position remained one-sided, according to Akar's opinion, who believes that the UAE is the one who chose this path.
In fact, the sharp words used by Akar did not stop there, as in answer to a question about the source of the differences between Ankara and Abu Dhabi, he said that this question should be directed to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, to find out the reason for this hostile attitude towards Turkey, and the foreign policy was The Turkish always tends to resolve differences through dialogue, but this method is meaningless in the face of the Emirates, which are constantly seeking dangerous plots against Ankara.
In the end, Akar emphasized that Abu Dhabi is affected by its policies, because it is on a dangerous path. It has now become very clear that the UAE's conspiracies are not only plotted against Turkey, but against stability in the entire Islamic world, and it is interfering to eliminate any opportunities to establish democracy.
In this context, Abu Dhabi creates allies and enemies for itself. But the problem is that these allies, who are fighting with her against her enemies, are planning to get rid of them one day. This state does not know the meaning of loyalty, even with its allies, and therefore this policy it implements is not based on any logic.
This meeting also reveals the existence of a decision to establish a strategic alliance with Iran. It may seem surprising that the two countries seek to search for this strategic relationship, despite the hostile rhetoric in front of everyone and the deep rift caused by Iran's occupation of 3 Emirati islands.
And recently, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, held a videoconference with his Iranian counterpart, Muhammad Javad Zarif. The Emirates News Agency announced in an official statement that this meeting discussed issues related to political developments in the region, and the crisis caused by the new Corona virus.
But this meeting also reveals the existence of a decision to establish a strategic alliance with Iran. It may seem surprising that the two countries seek to search for this strategic relationship, despite the hostile rhetoric in front of everyone and the deep rift caused by Iran's occupation of 3 Emirati islands.
This talk should not be misunderstood, as the Turks consider that all relations between Islamic countries should be strategic and good, without any distinction between them, and these Islamic countries must be able to achieve unity and stability among themselves by solving their problems internally, and bypassing backwardness and weak education. Hunger and unemployment that afflict these countries, and achieve good governance and freedoms.
That is why we cannot help but feel at ease when we see that the state of hostility between two Islamic countries has been overcome. But if the two countries establish this relationship in search of new conspiracies and satanic alliances against other Muslim countries, then it is unreasonable to expect anything from this relationship.
And let us remember that the list of conditions put forward by the coalition of the four countries led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia against Qatar included 13 demands, the most important of which is cutting Qatari relations with Iran.
As for trade relations, the volume of exchanges between the UAE and Iran exceeded $ 13.5 billion, according to Iranian customs data, at a time when the blockading countries invoke trade relations between Doha and Tehran when they imposed the blockade. We hope that these relations will develop further, and we have no objection to this. Trade relations between Islamic countries should increase more and more.
But why should the blame be directed at Qatar, at a time when the UAE continues its trade exchanges with the same partner, even though it accuses Qatar of this matter and makes it a pretext to impose sanctions on it, and also an excuse to attack Oman when the Sultanate’s foreign minister met his Iranian counterpart. Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, a former advisor to Mohammed bin Zayed, posted a tweet on Twitter in which he said that this meeting will not have positive results for the countries of the region.
These contradictions in the Emirati relations may suggest that it has some kind of loyalty towards Saudi Arabia, its main ally. But given the strategic relationship it maintains with Iran, the kingdom's archenemy, the question revolves around whether the next party targeted by the UAE will be Saudi Arabia itself.
In Yemen, the Iranian-backed Houthis have turned their missiles, which they bought from Tehran, towards Saudi territory, and they continue to target Riyadh constantly. On the other hand, it has never happened that a single Houthi missile was launched towards Emirati territory, even though it is close to them.
The question is, will this rapprochement and strategic cooperation between Tehran and Abu Dhabi also include rapprochement with the Houthis, who are constantly targeting Saudi Arabia? In this case, who will protect Saudi Arabia, the closest and most important ally of Abu Dhabi, from these Emirati targeting and plots? And then who will the Emirates protect itself in light of these dangerous conditions in the Gulf waters.