Iran-born professor Shireen Tahmaasb Hunter (Georgetown University) in a recent interview with the Tehran Times said that Turkey might reconsider its relations with some Arab states, including Saudi Arabia in the wake of the failed July 15 coup.
Dr. Hunter is a visiting scholar at ACMCU where she directs a project on Reformist Islam funded by the Jewish Carnegie Corporation Of New York, with Helene L. Kaplan (Jewish) as its Chairman. Listen below Hunter’s 2011 speech, entitled, The Winners and Losers in a Changing Middle East: is Iran really a winner?
During his recent visit to Russia, Turkish president Erdogan met his Russian counterpart. Both leaders vowed to repair their strained relations.
However Hunter says, “It is very unlikely that Turkey will change its basic Western orientation. To do so would incur heavy economic and political costs for Turkey. Therefore, Turkey will remain a NATO member and will try to ease tensions with the US and the EU which have resulted from the failed coup d’état. Meanwhile, Turkey will try –at least in the short term– to reduce tensions with neighbors such as Iran and Iraq. It might also reconsider its relations with some Arab States, including Saudi Arabia. However, any dramatic departures from the past should not be expected. This is because Turkey’s relations with its neighbors are affected by factors such as geography, history, sectarian affiliation and inter-state rivalry. For example, it is unlikely that in the long term Turkey will abandon its competition with Iran in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus.”
A few days ago, Austrian government threatened to veto Turkey’s EU membership as result of military coup failure.
Since the 2011 armed insurgency against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, an ally of Russia and Iran, Erdogan built a very close relations with Saudi Arabia and the Zionist entity to bring an anti-Iran regime change in Damascus. The Saudi ‘royals’ promised $600 billions investment in Turkey while gave $16 billions to the Zionist regime to maintain Washington’s anti-Iran foreign policy.
Read American Jewish professor and former UNHRC envoy Richard Falk’s views on the failed military coup here.
The relations between Turks and Arabs go back centuries. Muslim Arabs began to conquer Turkic regions starting in 705 and Turks fought on the side of Arabs against the Chinese in the Battle of Talas in 751. This alliance developed a connection between Turks and Arabs. Turkic princes in Turkistan adopted Islam, and later, the people adopted Islam en masse.