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Hamas slams UAE foreign minister over terrorism label

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on December 14, 2020 [Russian Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan on December 14, 2020 [Russian Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian resistance group Hamas has rejected statements by United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed linking the group to terrorism, reports Anadolu Agency.

"Bin Zayed's call for the western countries to designate Hamas as a terrorist group runs counter to Arab values," Hamas spokesman Hazem Qasim said on Twitter.

These statements, the spokesman said, fall in line with "the failed Zionist propaganda and contradict the Arab public support to the resistance in Palestine."

Last week, bin Zayed criticised the failure to designate Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist organisations.

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"It is unfortunate that some countries do not act more clearly in classifying some organizations, such as Hamas, Hezbollah, or the Muslim Brotherhood," he said during a speech to the American Jewish Committee.

"It is ridiculous that some governments only call the military branch of an organisation terrorist and go beyond its political branch, while there is no difference between them," bin Zayed added.

In September 2020, the UAE and Israel signed a US-sponsored deal to normalise their relations.

The UAE normalise ties with Israel - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

The UAE normalise ties with Israel – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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