U.S. Vice President Joe Biden apologized to the United Arab Emirates and Turkey for his comments last week, which suggested that the Middle Eastern allies could be blamed for the strengthening of ISIS. At the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Biden spoke about the UAE, Turkey, and other Middle Eastern allies and how these nations have been helping the Islamic State terror group, ISIS. He told attendees, “They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad. Except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra and al-Qaeda….and we could not convince our colleagues to stop supplying them.” Biden made his apologies last Sunday for any implications of his statements and made it clear that the United States greatly values the commitments and sacrifices made by its Middle Eastern allies.
Contributor: Chelsea Edirisuriya