Qatar’s tactical Turkey policy

16/09/2017 (Arab News – KSA by Majid Rafizadeh *): Qatar’s deepening ties with Turkey could have significant consequences for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the US and US-Gulf relations. Doha is trying to drive a wedge between Turkey on the one hand, and GCC states and the US on the other. Doha has eased the rules on Turkey’s exports to Qatar, which are up roughly 84 percent. It has also allowing Ankara to set up a military base in Qatar, Turkey’s first in the Arab world. Qatar is a major hub for the US-led air campaign against Daesh in Syria and Iraq, but Doha’s policies could endanger the American air base there. They could also significantly undermine Turkey’s national interests and damage its ties with other Arab states, which would further inflame regional tensions…

*Majid Rafizadeh is a Harvard-educated, Iranian-American political scientist.




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