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Arab States Against Turkey – Polish Institute of International Affairs

In September, Egypt called on Arab states to create common, assertive policy against Turkey. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Morocco began to boycott Turkish imports. These moves stem from Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s increasingly interventionist policy towards Arab states and the Mediterranean region. The escalating dispute puts the EU in …

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Naguib Sawiris says Turkey’s Erdogan wants to be ‘new Ottoman emperor’ – CNBC

In strongly worded criticism, Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris this week said Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is making a “very big mess” in the Middle East by interfering around the region. A Turkish official said, “President Erdoğan leads our Nation accordingly and claims to the contrary are baseless.” Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris leveled strongly worded …

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Greece, Egypt want Biden to play ‘decisive role’ in Turkey maritime dispute – Middle East Eye

Athens and Cairo say they look forward to Biden administration being more active in eastern Mediterranean dispute. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says he expects US President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration to play a “more decisive role” in calming tensions with Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. “We have every reason to welcome, along with all …

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Greece, Egypt seek Biden role in East Mediterranean dispute – CP24.com

ATHENS, Greece – Greece’s prime minister said Wednesday that he expects U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration to play a more active role in attempting to calm tension in the eastern Mediterranean. “We have every reason to welcome, along with all our partners in the region, the return of the United States to its central …

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The Problem with Turkey’s Proxy Militias Isn’t Just Military – The National Interest

[…] Whereas Turkish diplomats once claimed they were an ally in the fight against the Islamic State, the Turkish military and intelligence service has increasingly employed Islamic State veterans to further Turkey’s interests across the region. 

The Rojava Information Center, which operates out of Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria, for example, has identified several dozen Islamic State veterans now working with Turkish-backed forces. These militias have engaged in ethnic cleansingkidnapped women and girls, and otherwise sought to upset and change the social order. As they displace local Kurds and settle Arabs from elsewhere in Syria, they set the stage for decades of conflict and instability. 

How a Lebanese company’s role in shipping Turkish arms to Libya landed it in the crosshairs of the EU – L’Orient Today

BEIRUT — The 40-year-old car carrier named Bana that plied the waters of the Mediterranean was unremarkable in almost all ways, except a dramatic one: the Lebanese-flagged vessel’s shipment of weapons from Turkey to Libya in January 2020 placed it squarely in a whirlwind of international intrigue. After public attention had faded over the Bana’s …

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While America counts its votes, Erdogan advances his agenda – Al Monitor

Erdogan has launched Turkey on an increasingly assertive and independent regional posture. Unlike Americans on the right and left, the concept of “endless wars” doesn’t register for him. And despite being a member of NATO, and a onetime aspirant for European Union membership, Erdogan seems to relish accusing Europe, and especially France, of mistreating Muslims, with pointed back-and-forths threatening boycotts and sanctions.

The next US administration may have come to come to terms with a Turkey that is less of an ally and more a self-interested occasional partner — and one that pursues its own agenda at the center of increasingly complex and conflict-prone relations in the Caucuses, the Middle East and the eastern Mediterranean.

Five Middle East crises facing whoever wins the US elections – The Jerusalem Post

The next US president […] will face several crises in the Middle East. These include dealing with the Iranian threat, the emerging extremism of Turkey, the failing leadership of the Palestinians, problems in Libya and the Eastern Mediterranean and an emerging disaster in the Sahel and the possible destabilization of Iraq.

The Middle East has been a challenge for US presidents going back 50 years. Many administrations come into power wanting to “do something” relating to the region, usually “solving” the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, the past decades have shown that this conflict is not the central one in the region. Other problems, such as Islamist extremism, also appear to be reduced in the past years, as Islamic State was defeated. What is left is rising authoritarian regimes such as Turkey and the Iranian attempt to achieve hegemony over Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

Libyan ceasefire agreement faces hurdles due to foreign intervention – Atlantic Council

Turkish forces are entrenching themselves and reinforcing the structures of the military base of Wutiya, one of Libya’s largest airbases, which is strategically located a few hundred miles south of Tripoli and bordering neighboring Tunisia in the northwest. Judging by the magnitude of technical equipment, manpower, and capital injected by the Turkish forces through the airbase, this does not appear to be a temporary presence, but rather a long-term one.

Russia is reciprocating Turkey’s moves at the military base of Jufra in central Libya, a few hundred miles south of the city of Sirte. The LAAF’s nominal control over the coastal city is, in fact, enabled by Russian mercenaries’ heavy presence within it. By way of entrenching themselves in Sirte, the Kremlin-linked Wagner Group is in the strategic position of controlling the lines of defense against a possible attack by the Western Libyan forces while diffusing their presence through the central military airbase of Jufra, the Eastern region of Cyrenaica, and the Southern Libyan region of Fezzan. Their total independence from Haftar’s oft-exaggerated chain of command has already been evinced by their unilateral withdrawal from Tripoli in May—a dynamic which corroborates the assertion that their contemporary maneuvering is coordinated independently from Haftar.

Gargash: Erdogan Spreading Muslim Brotherhood Ideology in Europe, Must Be Confronted – Asharq AL-awsat

United Arab Emirates State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, urged on Monday the need to confront Turkey’s expansionist agenda in the region. In an interview with Germany’s Die Welt, he said: “French President Emmanuel Macron is one of the few European politicians who is openly opposing Turkey’s regional expansion.” “Europe needs to take a …

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Anwar Gargash : “Turkey seeks to be the standard bearer for Islamists and extremists” – Το Vima Online

Turkey is today under the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and it has become an aggressive state which seeks to the a standard bearer of Islamists and extremists in the wider region of Middle East and North Africa say, in his exclusive interview in “To Vima”, Dr. Anwar Gargash. The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), who is widely considered the “architect” of the recently signed peace agreement with Israel (although the mastermind of UAE’s strategy is its leader, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed) believes that the politicization of religion constitutes a grave threat. He also clarifies that the prospects for bilateral cooperation with Greece in economy and trade but also in security are huge and they are developing rapidly.

Questions Rise over Sarraj’s Visit to Turkey Days after Retracting Resignation – Asharq AL-awsat

Head of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) Fayez al-Sarraj has kept mum over a recent surprise visit he made to Turkey, raising questions as to whether it was linked to his decision last week to retract his resignation. Sarraj, who is still in Turkey, has not commented on reports that have linked the two …

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