On Thursday, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the Arab League again to play a positive role in achieving stability and security in the region instead of acting under the directives of some members who take an anti-Ankara stance.
The ministry condemned the decisions of the Arab League against Turkey, which were taken on September 9, and stated that the League is making these “baseless accusations” in order to cover its destructive agenda and activities.
The ministry indicated that these decisions should not be taken seriously, adding that it is known that Turkey attaches great importance to the territorial integrity and policy of Arab countries, as well as to the stability of the region, and has worked to preserve them in contrast to some of the regimes behind these decisions.
The ministry also said that some regimes are trying to divide Syria and support terrorists who harm Iraq, and that they have also caused chaos in Yemen and Libya.
The ministry also added that these regimes have continued to support militia leaders, separatist groups and terrorist organizations that have caused the human tragedy, and Turkey will continue its constructive stance decisively for the sake of stability and peace in the region.
Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have condemned Turkey’s activities in the region and accused Turkey of “interfering in Arab affairs,” while there was condemnation for last month’s normalization deal between Israel and the UAE.
Palestinians were dismayed by the UAE’s move, fearing it would weaken a long-standing pan-Arab position – known as the Arab Peace Initiative – that calls for Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory and acceptance of Palestinian statehood in return for normal relations with Arab countries.
“We have asked to have a clear condemnation of any breaking out of the Arab Peace Initiative, and we didn’t get it,” said Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki in comments published by the Palestine News and Information Agency (WAFA).