Turkey's PM on Middle East tour
13-Sep-2011 (2 comments)

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the first country on a tour of the Middle East.

In an interview before he left, he said he hoped Turkey could offer a helping hand to these countries.

The Turkish leader, who has garnered popularity among Arabs for his denunciations of Israel, was met by an enthusiastic crowd in Cairo.

He is due to address foreign ministers of the Arab League later on Tuesday.

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by Soosan Khanoom on

Can I ask you who gives Iran direction to go?  you know that there is not really an emaam zaman and if he is not the one giving directions, then who is? 

What makes you think Iran is independent?  Is it Iran's middle east policy that makes you think that way?  But the policy that only suggests either my way or highway and in that respect is not much different from Israeli's policy can not really be an independent one.  

The policies that soon or later will bring upon us a war that in it there is no gain for Iran, how can even be independent?    Do you suggest that these  mullas are unintelligent and they are unknowingly falling in a trap?  

They are not independent, they are actually making policies from which only Israel benefits.  I think they are taking direct orders from Tel-Aviv.   





In regard to your title

by Abarmard on

I don't buy into rising power. Turkey has become much stronger in terms of economics and not being accepted in the European Union has made their nations look around their own neighborhood.

Iran has given Turkey a direction to go, yet it's too early to label Turkey as anything yet. The economies of the region and Turkey are not solid and consistent and Turkey is stuck between the two worlds.

I believe that Turkey has given a green light to play a bigger role in that region to shadow Iranian diplomacy and changes in Egypt. Since in the region there were no independent regimes other than Iran, Turkey was encouraged to show an option for Arabs Spring. It will be only matter of time before we know for sure if Turkey has changed direction to take a larger part in the neighborhood regional politics or all these are only shows.
I would wait for a few more years before calling Turkey a "Rising power".

 To be a power in the region requires leadership that could possibly stand firm in front of demands of West. That's natural since the resources are scarce and many fight for strategic foot prints to have access to them. There are certain conflicts involved.

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