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UAE insists it’s not lobbying for sanctions against Turkey after all

Lobbyists for the UAE embassy in Washington have clarified their talking points to Congress.
ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 17: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (L) meets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) in Istanbul, Turkey on October 17, 2016. (Photo by Turkish Presidency / Yasin Bulbul/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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The United Arab Emirates has asked its Washington lobbyists to correct the record after Akin Gump sent what it insists was an inaccurate email to Senate staffers stating UAE “support for sanctions measures” following Ankara’s incursion into northeast Syria.

Akin Gump lawyers told Al-Monitor the firm was tasked with informing the Senate of the UAE’s public condemnation of the Turkish incursion ahead of possible consideration of sanctions legislation last month. But they insist the UAE has not actually taken a diplomatic position in favor of sanctions.

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