The United Arab Emirates has defended the position of French President Emmanuel Macron against the backdrop of the condemnations that it has pursued throughout the Islamic world, which has expanded in recent days against the background of the insulting cartoons of the Holy Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, and called for confronting Turkey and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt today, Monday, the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, rejected the idea that Macron had expressed a desire to exclude Muslims.
Gargash said - according to what the German newspaper quoted him - "You must listen to what Macron actually said in his speech. He does not want to isolate Muslims in the West, and he is absolutely right."
The Emirati minister added that Muslims should integrate better, and that the French state has the right to search for ways to achieve this in parallel with combating extremism and societal closure.
Anti-France protests and calls for a boycott of its goods and products throughout the Islamic world erupted in response to Macron's statements about the offensive cartoons of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, and another statement in which he considered that Islam is in crisis.
Macron's recent statements came after a young Chechen immigrant beheaded a French teacher on October 16, after showing offensive cartoons of the noble Prophet Muhammad - may God bless him and grant him peace - during a class.
While the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash refused to condemn Macron, he called on Europe to confront Turkey's efforts towards regional expansion.
He said that Macron is one of the few European politicians who openly oppose Turkey's territorial expansion, and that Europe needs a unified stance towards Turkey.
The Emirati minister considered that as soon as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sees "a loophole or a weakness, he uses it to increase his influence, and he does not show willingness to negotiate until we show him the red line."
Gargash stated that Erdogan's ideological project is closely related to this expansion, explaining that this project is Islamic, and that Erdogan is spreading the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood internationally, adding, "On the one hand, it is his own ideology, but on the other hand it is a tool for gaining influence. This cannot be separated from that." .
Yesterday, Sunday, the Emirates News Agency reported that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, expressed his condemnation of the recent "terrorist" attacks in France during a phone call with the French President.
"His Highness stressed his rejection of hate speech that harms the relationship between peoples, hurts the feelings of millions of people, and serves those who hold extremist ideas, as well as categorically rejecting any justification for crime, violence and terrorism," the agency said.
In the same context, a statement by the Tunisian presidency stated that a phone call took place between the Tunisian presidents, Kais Said and French President Emmanuel Macron, which touched on "the distinguished bilateral relations between the two countries, in addition to the terrorist operations in France."
Saeed expressed his condemnation and condemnation of "all forms of violence and terrorism," stressing that "Islam is innocent of them."
The two presidents discussed, during the call, "irregular migration and the solutions that must be reached."
According to the statement, "It has been emphasized that there are many who cover up the Islamic religion, while they are being recruited with the aim of offending not only Islam, but with the aim of insulting the relations between peoples and nations."