UAE minister accuses Turkish pro-gov’t media of fabricating news on Gulf States

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash on Sunday accused Turkish pro-government media outlets of fabricating news on the Gulf States while harshly denying allegations of the Abu Dhabi emirate’s cover-up of murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, independent news site T24 reported.

Turkish Yeni Safak daily on Sunday reported that a group of four people, allegedly sent to Istanbul to cover up the murder of Khashoggi, had been dispatched by former leader of the Palestinian Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip Mohammed Dahlan.

The newspaper claimed Dahlan is a “chief hitman” of UAE Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed.

Gargash took to Twitter to comment on the report which was echoed in Turkish media, saying, ‘’This experience showed us that rumors and false information have never been the result of logical or responsible conclusion, and they are damaging the source itself and cause a loss of confidence.”

Riyadh, after denying any knowledge of Khashoggi’s whereabouts for weeks, admitted in October that the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor had been killed in a fight that took place inside the consulate building on Oct. 2.