Abu Dhabi to recognize Armenian genocide

The UAE is preparing to-recognize the “Armenian-genocide” when the tragedy is commemorated on-April 24.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, who was in the United Arab Emirates on official visit in Abu Dhabi, met with the Minister of State of the UAE Sultan Al Jaber, January 15, 2019.

Abu Dhabi to recognise Armenian genocide

February 20, 2019 (IOL) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is increasingly in competition with Turkey and, according to Intelligence Online’s sources, its government is preparing to recognise the Armenian genocide when the tragedy is commemorated on April 24. The move will mark Abu Dhabi’s disapproval of Ankara’s protection of the Muslim Brotherhood and its rapprochement with Qatar, whose military force has been strengthened by the presence of Turkish troops.

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Acknowledging the historical reality or a pressure card on Turkey?

Armenian National Committee’s reaction to reports on UAE’s recognition of Genocide

February 22, 2019 (ARMENPRESS News Wire) – The Armenian National Committee of Middle East is closely following the Arab media reports according to which the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is going to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The Committee views these reports in the context of regional developments.

Vera Yakubyan of the Armenian National Committee of Middle East told ARMENPRESS that such reports on recognizing the Genocide have also been circulated in case of Egypt, but with no concrete result till now.

“You know that as for Egypt there were many rumors that the parliament is going to adopt a resolution, but all these remained in the propaganda field, and no practical steps were taken. We are reacting cautiously to all reports regarding the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. It’s not ruled out that these statements are a step to exert pressure on Turkey, and we know that today certain Arab states have tense relations with Turkey”, she said, adding that the UAE is among those Arab countries which currently has a difficult process of relations with Turkey.

“It’s known that in recent years Turkey has supported the Islamists in the Arab world. And now there is a competition who will be more influential in the Arab world. And therefore the issue of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide is being raised on the background of problems with Turkey. Of course, we are following the developments, but are not so excited at the moment because maybe the relations with Turkey will normalize. You know that there are strong economic ties between some Arab countries and Turkey”, Vera Yakubyan said.

She noted that some Arab countries were among the first ones to provide shelter to many Armenians who survived the 1915 Armenian Genocide. These countries enabled Armenians to settle there, have their church, open a memorial stone and commemorate the Genocide victims. “Therefore, we can state that some Arab countries indirectly acknowledge the historical reality of 1915”, Yakubyan said.

As for the possibility of the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the UAE, she said it will pave a way for the recognition by the remaining Arab countries.

“If they recognize, that will be an unprecedented phenomenon in the Arab world. It can have a chain reaction effect and the remaining Arab countries will also take such an action. In any case now it’s difficult to understand whether the UAE will recognize the Genocide or not”, Vera Yakubyan noted.

According to the Arab media reports, the UAE may recognize the Armenian Genocide committed by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, which will further increase the tension between Abu Dhabi and Ankara. The media outlets report that the UAE’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide may be announced on April 24.

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Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, visited the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex as part of his official visit to Armenia, Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

Egypt considers acknowledgement of Armenian Genocide fair issue – expert

April 25, 2018 (ARMENPRESS News Wire) – Egyptians show a great compassion over the issue of the Armenian Genocide, Atef Saadawy – expert, researcher at the Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said, adding that Egypt considers the recognition of the Genocide as a fair issue, Armenpress reports.

The expert delivered a report titled ‘Official position of Egypt and Arab world on the Armenian Genocide’ during the scientific conference ‘Armenian-Arab Relations: From the Armenian Genocide to current challenges’ in Armenia’s National Academy of Sciences on April 25.

“A bill on recognizing the Armenian Genocide has been submitted to the Egyptian Parliament. In addition, there are issues voiced in courts in order for the Egypt to recognize it. Culture days, different initiatives and events commemorating the Genocide are being held in the country”, Atef Saadawy told Armenpress.

Asked whether the stances of the state and the people are different on this matter, the Egyptian researcher said the difference between the views of the people and the leadership is not great.

Talking about the Armenian Genocide recognition bill, the expert said it is in the Parliament for already three years, but they hope the bill will be adopted during the next sitting. “Egypt doesn’t want to view the adoption of the Armenian Genocide from this perspective”, Atef Saadawy said.

English translator/editor – Aneta Harutyunyan

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