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From Syria to Qatar

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10.06.2017

Turkey should reconsider the not-so-easy and unfortunately disastrous path it followed in the Syria crisis before indulging into undertaking any sort of mediation in the crisis between Qatar and a Saudi-led block of nations accusing the gas-rich state of supporting and abetting terrorism. The hasty decision to push through in parliament an authorization bill to establish a 3000-troop military base in Qatar and repeated statements of the country’s sole decision maker, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, of aligning Turkey with Qatar but underlining his government’s strong rejection of the alienation of Doha indicate the problematic course ahead.

There is need for mediation efforts by some regional, and perhaps, international actors. Yet, mediation will not be easy at all. With so many countries joining their “bash the Qataris” move, the Saudis and the United Arab Emirates cannot afford to step back without achieving some tangible results of their demands.........

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