Biden apologizes for any implication UAE supported militants in Syria

By REUTERS
October 6, 2014 02:28

 
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DUBAI - The United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that US Vice President Joe Biden had apologized to the Abu Dhabi crown prince for "any implications" in a speech he made last week that the UAE had supported Islamist militants in Syria.



The call, confirmed by the White House, came after a day after Biden offered a similar apology to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan..



Biden, who is known for his occasional verbal gaffes, angered US allies when he suggested in a speech at Harvard University on Thursday that Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates had extended "billions of dollars and tens of thousands of tons of weapons" to Sunni fighters trying to oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.



UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash demanded an official explanation for Biden's remarks, which he said had created "a negative and untrue impression about the role of the UAE", according to state news agency WAM.

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