UAE condemns Turkish drone strike that killed Iraq officers

UAE condemns Turkish drone strike that killed Iraq officers
Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Gargash. (AFP)
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Updated 12 August 2020

UAE condemns Turkish drone strike that killed Iraq officers

UAE condemns Turkish drone strike that killed Iraq officers
  • Gargash said the strike on Tuesday was an attack on Iraq’s sovereignty
  • He reiterated the UAE’s stance in “rejecting regional meddling in Arab affairs”

DUBAI: The UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash has condemned a Turkish drone attack, which killed two high-ranking Iraqi officers.
Gargash said the strike on Tuesday was an attack on Iraq’s sovereignty.
“We stand by the brotherly [state of] Iraq in the face of continuous Turkish violations against its sovereignty,” Gargash said on Twitter. 
He reiterated the UAE’s stance in “rejecting regional meddling in Arab affairs”. 
Iraqi officials labeled the strike as a “blatant Turkish drone attack” in the autonomous Kurdish region.
Ankara has for weeks been raiding militant positions in northern Iraq.
Iraq’s foreign ministry – which had already summoned the Turkish envoy twice over the military action on its soil – said the ambassador would this time be given “a letter of protest with strong words” rejecting such aggression.


Egypt: Iranian nuclear issue should be linked to its regional interference

Egypt: Iranian nuclear issue should be linked to its regional interference
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Egypt: Iranian nuclear issue should be linked to its regional interference

Egypt: Iranian nuclear issue should be linked to its regional interference
  • Cairo’s ambassador to the US calls for cooperation with the new administration on range of issues
  • Zahran: Many opportunities for cooperation between Egypt and the US in various fields under new administration

CAIRO: Egypt believes that the Iranian nuclear issue is not the only problem with regard to Iran and its position in the region, according to Motaz Zahran, Cairo’s ambassador in Washington. Tehran’s interference and its efforts to destroy the assets of Arab countries throughout the region is another issue that must be confronted, he said.
Zahran said in a virtual interview with the National Council for US-Arab Relations that there is an opportunity for cooperation with the new US administration in light of the Iranian interference in various conflicts in the region, whether in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq or Yemen, which led to the deepening of their problems.
“The Iranian nuclear issue should not be dealt with separately from Iranian interference in all regional conflicts, and there are discussions between Egypt and the US regarding Iran, with the Republicans and the Democrats,” he added.
The ambassador said Egypt believes that there should not be any unilateral move on the issue of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. He saw a need for the new US administration to play a constructive role in resolving the dam dispute.
There are, he said, many opportunities for cooperation between Egypt and the US in various fields under the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The meeting was moderated by Ed Royce, former US representative, who chaired the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Answering a question on the storming of the Capitol building on Jan. 6, Zahran said it was sad and shocking for Egypt and the whole world, and he linked what happened in America to what Egypt witnessed when some extremist groups — mainly the Muslim Brotherhood — took advantage of large-scale demonstrations and turned them into violent protests.
He pointed out that in both nations there was a widespread national desire for unity among the people which followed the state of chaos. There are some lessons to be learned, the most important of which is that rights and freedoms, in general, are not absolute, but are linked to guaranteeing others’ rights, as well as achieving order, security and public peace.