UAE furious over EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell’s ‘jungle’ remarks – Reuters


The UAE on Monday accused European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell of making “racist” remarks last week and summoned the head of the EU delegation to the UAE. .

The UAE Foreign Ministry condemned Borrell’s controversial remarks, in which he compared Europe to a garden and the rest of the world to a jungle, saying they were “inappropriate and discriminatory” and “contribute to the worsening of the climate of intolerance and discrimination in the world”.

He demanded a written explanation of Borrell’s comments and summoned Emil Paulsen, acting head of mission at the EU delegation to the United Arab Emirates.

In a controversial speech to future diplomats at the opening of the European Diplomatic Academy in Bruges last week, Borrell said: “Yes, Europe is a garden, we have built a garden. Everything works,” citing the continent’s political freedom, economic prosperity and social cohesion.

He then continued, “Most of the rest of the world is a jungle, and the jungle could invade the garden,” arguing that instead of building a wall, diplomats should “go into the jungle.”

These remarks drew criticism from politicians worldwidewith Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Rae call it’s a “terrible analogy”, adding “surely history and our own lived experience teach us that no part of the world is safe from violence”.

Borrell denied on Monday that his message was racist or colonialist, saying he intended to reject the idea of ​​”fortress Europe” and encourage students to engage with the world.




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