Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal, Erdogan says

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Turkey could suspend diplomatic relations with the UAE after a landmark deal between Israel and the Gulf state. "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. (AFP)
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Updated 14 August 2020

Turkey may suspend ties with UAE over Israel deal, Erdogan says

  • Turkey has diplomatic and trade ties with Israel, but relations have been strained for years

ISTANBUL: Turkey is considering suspending diplomatic ties with the UAE and withdrawing its ambassador over the Gulf state’s accord to normalize ties with Israel, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.
The Turkish foreign ministry said history would never forgive the UAE’s “hypocritical behavior” in agreeing such a deal, which recasts the order of Middle East politics.
Under the US-brokered deal, the first between Israel and a Gulf Arab country, the Jewish state agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. Palestinian leaders have denounced it as a “stab in the back” to their cause.

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“The move against Palestine is not a step that can be stomached. Now, Palestine is either closing or withdrawing its embassy. The same thing is valid for us now,” Erdogan said, adding he gave orders to his foreign minister.
“I told him we may also take a step in the direction of suspending diplomatic ties with the Abu Dhabi leadership or pulling back our ambassador,” he told reporters after Friday prayers.
The Foreign Ministry had earlier said Palestinians were right to reject the deal in which the UAE betrayed their cause.
“History and the conscience of the region’s peoples will not forget and never forgive this hypocritical behavior,” it said. “It is extremely worrying that the UAE should, with a unilateral action, try and do away with the (2002) Arab Peace Plan developed by the Arab League.”
Turkey has diplomatic and trade ties with Israel, but relations have been strained for years. In 2010 Israeli commandos killed 10 Turkish activists trying to breach a blockade on the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.
The deal makes UAE the third Arab country to establish full relations with Israel, after Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994.


Oman tells shoppers to cover knees and shoulders in malls or face jail

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Oman tells shoppers to cover knees and shoulders in malls or face jail

  • An official said wearing a veil is not mandatory ‘because of multiculturalism, ideologies, and religious tolerance’
  • The new restrictions come amid rising complaints of public indecency in shops and malls in Oman

DUBAI: Shoppers in Oman’s malls face jail and fines if they breach new decency laws, national daily Times of Oman reported.

Men and women who expose their shoulders, knees or chest could face fines of up to $780 and jail terms of no more than three months.

The new restrictions come amid rising complaints of public indecency in shops and malls in Oman, apply to all people, local, resident, tourist or otherwise.
“The terms of dressing modestly have not been specified in great detail, but must include covering the body from the shoulder to below the knee,” Qais bin Mohammed Al-Ma’shari, the chairman of the Public Affairs Committee of the Municipal Council in the Governorate of Muscat, said.
He added people’s clothes must “properly cover required parts of the body, should not be revealing, and not having any sensitive drawings or illustrations on them.”
Al-Ma’shari however clarified wearing a veil is not mandatory “because of multiculturalism, ideologies, and religious tolerance.”
The recommendations will be discussed by the Municipal Council next month, and will only be in effect after an approval from the Minister of the Diwan of the Royal Court.