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Wed 19 Aug 2015 12:17 PM

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UAE minister hits back at "spiteful" claims of Yemen troops losses made on Iranian TV

Anwar Mohammad Gargash also rejected claims the UAE has supported ISIL

UAE minister hits back at "spiteful" claims of Yemen troops losses made on Iranian TV
Emirati Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr Anwar Mohammed Gargash added that the abuse by Al Alam was a source of pride for the UAE. (Getty Images)

The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs has hit back at claims made on Iranian television about the coalition’s operations in Yemen.

Iranian television channel Al Alam said in a news broadcast on August 17 that Saudi Arabian vehicles operated by “Israeli-Americans” had been bombed by Houthi rebels, and that the rebels had also captured three UAE military vehicles.

Dr Anwar Mohammad Gargash took to Twitter to strongly deny the claims made by the Iranian channel.

“In targeting the UAE, Al Alam channel does not represent an independent editorial line, but rather an official spiteful approach,” he said on his Twitter account.

“The level of the screams by the channel is consistent with the level of the pain suffered in Yemen,” he added.

Gargash, in series of further tweets, added, “The source of the insults is an orchestrated media that despises the Arabs. It is a media that promotes a sectarian agenda that our ability to confront has become very clear.

“The accusations by Al Alam Channel [against the UAE] are not logical at all and are shrouded in sectarianism. However, they seem to reflect the deep pain suffered from the Arab cohesion and the success that we are achieving together in Yemen,” he said.

Gargash also addressed an accusation made by the adviser to the Iranian leader and Head of Centre for Strategic Research of Iran’s Expediency Council, Ali Akbar Velayati.

“A more serious delirium is the accusation by Velayati, on July 30 that Saudi Arabia and the UAE supported Daesh [ISIL]. Unfortunately, Iran is now in the stage of distributing accusations,” he said. “He should have explained the intervention of Tehran against the people of Syria and its attempts to undermine stability in Bahrain and Yemen as well its support for the marginalisation of Sunnis in Iraq. This is blatant interference in the domestic affairs of the Arabs.”

Gargash also said, “The insistence of Tehran that terrorism and extremism is a Sunni face contradicts the terrorism of Hizbollah and its cells and the atrocities.

“Our definition of terrorism should be comprehensive and objective,” he added.

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