U.S Vice President Joe Biden has a history of slipping up in public speeches that have a way of embarrassing the administration. This time he made comments alluding that Middle East allies are partly to blame for the strengthening of ISIS/ISIL.
Last week Biden made an appearance at JFK School of Government at Harvard where he spoke about the UAE, Turkey and other Middle East allies and the threat posed by the Islamic State terrorist group. He said that ISIS had been inadvertently strengthened because of actions the allies took to help opposition groups fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The UAE foreign ministry was astounded at the vice president’s remarks also showing their discomfort and disclosing they were “far from the truth, especially with relation to the UAE’s role in confronting extremism and terrorism and its clear and advanced position in recognizing the dangers, including the danger of financing terrorism and terrorist groups” said Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash.
Biden apologized to the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, (representatives from both countries) via phone call this Sunday. The vice president had already issued an apology to Turkey earlier during the weekend.