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UAE criticizes 'colonial' role of Iran, Turkey in Syria

10:04 EDT 29 Aug 2017 | Yahoo News

UAE criticizes 'colonial' role of Iran, Turkey in SyriaBy Noah Browning ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates urged Iran and Turkey on Tuesday to end what it called their "colonial" actions in Syria, signaling unease about diminishing Gulf Arab influence in the war. Allied to regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia, the UAE opposes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his backer Iran, and is wary of Turkey, a friend of Islamist forces the UAE opposes throughout the Arab world. UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan urged "the exit of those parties trying to reduce the sovereignty of the Syrian state, and I speak here frankly and clearly about Iran and Turkey." He was speaking at a news conference with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, whose country helps Assad militarily.


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