Former US President Barack Obama entrusted Recep Tayyip Erdogan with leading what they termed “the New Middle East,” funded by the “petty” state of Qatar.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani shake hands before their talks in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (AP)
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech after cabinet meeting at Presidential Complex in Ankara on November 3, 2020. (AFP)
A merchant counts Turkish lira banknotes at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey. (Reuters)