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The story: The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has condemned the top EU diplomat’s characterization of Europe as a “garden” and “most of the rest of the world” as a “jungle”—slamming the statements as “inappropriate and racist.” The condemnation has been followed by a call between Emirati chief diplomat Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan (AbZ) and his EU counterpart Josep Borell to discuss ways to promote “promote peaceful coexistence and tolerance.”
The coverage: Speaking at the opening of the EU’s new diplomatic academy in Belgium on Oct. 13, Borrell stated, “Europe is a garden…It is the best combination of political freedom, economic prosperity and social cohesion that humankind has been able to build…Most of the rest of the world is a jungle, and the jungle could invade the garden.”
The UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation issued a condemnation on Oct. 17. It added that the EU’s Acting Head of Mission in the UAE...
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