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Turkey has to return to Atatürk’s diplomacy

20 9 3
14.11.2017

Developments in Saudi Arabia have unsettled President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP). Although the Syrian crisis may have produced some common ground for Turkey and Saudi Arabia, disagreements between the two countries had already emerged in 2013, when Riyadh backed a coup against Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, and his Muslim Brotherhood-led government.

Erdoğan and the AKP were not only angry about the toppling of Egypt’s Islamist government but also over the fact that Riyadh, along with Cairo, listed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

The diplomatic ostracizing and blockading of Qatar by a Saudi led-coalition of Arab states in June had also put Ankara and Riyadh at odds, after Erdoğan threw his weight behind Doha.

Nevertheless, Ankara did not let its feeling boil over, but instead tried to develop strategic ties with Riyadh after the death of King Abdullah in 2015, hoping this would also usher in a more moderate tone in Riyadh toward the Muslim........

© Hürriyet Daily News