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“Erdogan travels to Gulf region to help mend rift between Qatar and its neighbors”

“Erdogan travels to Gulf region to help mend rift between Qatar and its neighbors”

August 2, 2017 2:28 pm

DW-Deutsche Welle writes:

With these policies, Turkey has also sought to position itself as a political player in the Gulf region. Like Qatar, it also uses the Muslim Brotherhood as a Sunni counterbalance to Wahhabism, the Saudi state religion. But this conflict is not about religion, it is a question of power. Qatar and Turkey present themselves as states that cultivate a – comparatively – liberal version of Islam, through which they hope to attract the loyalty of other countries committed to this liberalism.

Nevertheless, Turkey could orient itself more toward Saudi Arabia than Qatar in the long term, says Richard Burchill, research director at the Abu Dhabi-based think tank TRENDS. Apart from the military base, Qatar provides no long-term benefits to Turkey. It gives Turkey a certain amount of power in the region.

“Over the long term I can’t see Turkey essentially standing by Qatar. Turkey has been spending a significant amount of time, trying to gain the support in the alliance and the friendship with the UAE and Saudi Arabia,” Burchill told DW.

To read the full article, follow this link: http://www.dw.com/en/erdogan-travels-to-gulf-region-to-help-mend-rift-between-qatar-and-its-neighbors/a-39803914

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