Tayyip Erdogan called UAE foreign minister impertinent on Ottoman tweet

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony in Ankara, Turkey, December 21, 2017. Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace/Handout via REUTERS

Vastavam web: President Tayyip Erdogan called the UAE foreign minister impertinent on Thursday after he retweeted accusations that Ottoman forces looted the holy city of Medina during World War One.President Tayyip Erdogan called the UAE foreign minister impertinent on Thursday after he retweeted accusations that Ottoman forces looted the holy city of Medina during World War One.

“When my ancestors were defending Medina, you impudent (man), where were yours? First, you have to give account for this,” he added.The UAE charge d‘affaires in Ankara was summoned to the foreign ministry over the matter, a ministry official said.Relations were further strained by Ankara’s support for Qatar after Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed sanctions on the Gulf emirate in June.

Two months later, Sheikh Abdullah criticised what he called Turkey and Iran’s “colonial” actions in Syria, though Turkey and the UAE have both opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.On Wednesday, Erdogan said Fakhreddin Pasha, who led the Ottoman forces, had not stolen from Medina or its people but strived to protect the city – where the Prophet Muhammad was buried – and its occupants during a time of war.