Tawakkol Karman: Turkey is not my guardian in my stances on the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN)–Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman confirmed, on Thursday, that there is no Turkish pressure on her in light of the rapprochement between the UAE and Turkey, stressing that her position against the UAE does not change in relations between countries.

On Wednesday, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, visited Turkey for the first time since 2012, and met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an improvement in relations that have been tense for years. The UAE also announced the establishment of a $10 billion fund to support investments in Turkey.

Tawakkol Karman said, through her Twitter account, that “my position on the UAE is never affected by its relations with Turkey, negatively or positively, and therefore I am not a guardian of Turkey in its relations with the Emirates or Saudi Arabia, and Turkey is also not a guardian of me in my positions on these countries.”

Karman added, “There is no Turkish pressure on me of any kind, and I have not received any news that it has asked any of the activists to leave. They are just baseless rumours.”

She continued, “Turkey’s relationship with the UAE is a matter for Turkey that does not concern me, and my position against the UAE is because of its repressive policies and crimes in my country, Yemen and the region, and its support for counter-revolutions,” as she put it.

On Tuesday, Tawakkol Karman criticized the Saudi newspaper, “Okaz”, commenting on the newspaper’s report entitled “Between expulsion and deportation..Turkey utters the Brotherhood of Yemen.” Turkey.


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