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Turkey condemns drone attack against Abu Dhabi

18 Jan 2022, 03:44 GMT+10

ANKARA, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Turkey on Monday condemned the drone attack in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which killed at least three people.

"We condemn the attacks perpetrated with drones on Jan. 17 against Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates," the Turkish foreign ministry said in a statement.

"We extend our condolences to the families of the victims, the people, and the government of the United Arab Emirates," said the ministry.

Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the attack.

The UAE is an active member of the Saudi-led coalition which has been fighting a war against the Houthi rebel militia in Yemen.

Turkey and the UAE recently have stepped up to restore bilateral ties after years of tension. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has paid an official visit to the Turkish capital Ankara in November 2021.

In 2013, Ankara and Abu Dhabi fell on rival sides after the latter lent support to the overthrow of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who was backed by Turkey.

The relations between Turkey and the Gulf country had further derailed over their conflict of interests in Libya, the Gulf and the Eastern Mediterranean.

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