Who is Erdogan siding with?

Mashari Althaydi
Mashari Althaydi
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Why does Erdogan’s Turkey insist on standing by the Khomeini Iran?

Is it due to apparent and “secret” commercial interests? Is it the Iranian gas like it was said? Or is there a deep crisis between Turkey, under the leadership of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who possesses the most of constitutional jurisdictions since the era of founder Ataturk, and “strong” US President Donald Trump over several political, security and commercial affairs?

Are there differences over Syria that do not end with trade war and also include the case of the American pastor jailed in Turkey, Brunson, and America’s harboring of Erdogan supporters’ first enemy Fethullah Gulen?

The difference between Turkey and Iran is that Iran is not a member of any political and security alliance, which the US leads, unlike Turkey, which has an influential membership in the western NATO.

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It is through this door that the recent diplomatic efforts were launched to find exits that diffuse political steam between Trump and Erdogan.

CNN Turk quoted diplomatic sources as saying that a delegation of Turkish officials is going to Washington to discuss the ongoing dispute between the two NATO member states.

The crisis is real and substantial and not accidental. The economic wars, inflammatory statements and freezing ministers’ accounts from both sides (we do not know what Ankara’s government has against American ministers in Turkey) are mere “manifestations” of deep crisis.

The economic wars, inflammatory statements and freezing ministers’ accounts from both sides are mere “manifestations” of a deep crisis

Mashari Althaydi

Essence of crisis

The essence of the crisis is in the camp and the direction, which “populist” Turkish President Erdogan chose. He and his men declared from the beginning their bias toward the Khomeini regime.

President Erdogan called Iranian President Rouhani and voiced his support to him after popular protests erupted against the regime.

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu did the same and Turkish spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin voiced Ankara’s rejection of imposing sanctions on Tehran and said Turkey does not recognize them.

By doing so, Turkey announced that it is standing with the Khomeini regime about which one of its terrorist “revolutionary guards” commanders Brigadier General Nasser Shaabani recently said that the local Houthi proxy’s attack on Saudi oil tankers in Bab al-Mandeb Strait was carried out upon direct orders from Tehran, the FARS news agency reported.

Political Islam

Erdogan’s Turkey is clearly with the camp of states that support the project of political Islam, whether Shiite or Sunni.

It is political and media support, and perhaps security support, to Doha’s authorities and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt are examples of the role, which Turkey wants to assume under the directions of populist President Erdogan.

The criterion in the sultan’s dreams will be the economy considering that the success of the economy was the ticket that allowed him, his party and his group to lead Turkey.

The Turkish economy today is not alright after the Turkish lira hit record low and lost 27 percent of its value this year. “Live in Rajab and you will see a wonder.”

This article is also available in Arabic.

Saudi journalist Mashari Althaydi presents Al Arabiya News Channel’s “views on the news” daily show “Maraya.” He has previously held the position of a managing senior editor for Saudi Arabia & Gulf region at pan-Arab newspaper Asharq al-Awsat. Althaydi has published several papers on political Islam and social history of Saudi Arabia. He appears as a guest on several radio and television programs to discuss the ideologies of extremist groups and terrorists. He tweets under @MAlthaydy.

Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this section are their own and do not reflect Al Arabiya English's point-of-view.
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