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Turkey threatens to suspend its diplomatic relations with UAE over its peace deal with Israel.

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The peace deal that was struck between Israel and United Arab Emirates yesterday, has not infuriated several Arab countries. Turkey threatened UAE that it might suspend its diplomatic relations with the country and also recall its envoy over the peace deal.

The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Friday that, ‘The move against Palestine is not a step that can be stomached.’ He also said that he informed his foreign minister that, ‘we may also take a step in the direction of suspending diplomatic ties with Abu Dhabi leadership or pulling back our ambassador.’ Mr. Erdogan has always voiced his support towards Palestine, even though Turkey has diplomatic relations with Israel.

Iran has also condemned the peace deal, calling it an act of ‘strategic stupidity from Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv. The foreign ministry of Iran also went further and described the agreement as a ‘dagger ..unjustly struck by the UAE in the backs of the Palestinian people and all Muslims’.

The peace deal between UAE and Israel, will involve a concession whereby Israel stops the planned annexation of areas in West Bank. This concession is temporary, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was clear that he still want to continue his annexation plans.

The Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas said, ‘The Palestinian rejects and denounces the UAE, Israeli and United States trilateral, surprising announcement.’ Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee said that this peace deal is equivalent to being ‘sold out’ by ‘friends’.

Jordan, one of the countries that recognized Israel took a softer stance. They acknowledged the deal but refused to praise it. The foreign minister of Jordan, Ayman Safadi said , ‘The effect of the agreement.. will be linked to what Israel will do.’ He added that, ‘The ‘annexation freeze’ must be followed by Israel stopping all its illegal measures that undermine peace opportunities and its violations of Palestinian rights.’

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, a close ally of UAE, praised the deal. He tweeted his appreciation of the deal.

‘I followed with interest and appreciation the joint statement between the United States, United Arab Emirates and Israel to halt the Israeli annexation of Palestinian lands and taking steps to bring peace in the Middle East.’

Bahrain also welcomed the deal and praised the United States for its efforts in securing the peace deal between the two countries. Bahrain is a close ally of Saudi Arabia, a country that has not announced its position on the matter.

President Donald Trump said that he will host the leaders of Israel and UAE in the White House in 3 weeks, for the signing of the peace deal.

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