Sunday, August 25, 2013

Tension between Gulf countries and Turkey may harm economic relations

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Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's critical remarks about some Gulf countries that have offered support for the coup in Egypt may harm Turkey's business ties with the Gulf region, analysts believe.
Criticizing Erdoğan's bitingly disapproving rhetoric of their foreign policy, Hüseyin Bağcı, head of international relations at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara (ODTÜ), underlined that if Turkey maintains its current stance against the Gulf countries, economic relations may face challenges. 

“If Erdoğan insists on his ‘conflict with everyone' discourse, Turkey will head toward political instability, which may frighten Arab investors,” Bağcı said, adding that the main question now is whether or not Turkey will experience political instability.

On Monday, Erdoğan stepped up his criticism of Muslim countries, saying: “The Islamic world is like the brothers of the Prophet Yusuf, who threw him down a well. As in the case of the brothers of the Prophet Yusuf, Allah will shame those in the Islamic world betraying their brothers and sisters in Egypt.” Although Erdoğan did not name specific states supporting the coup in Egypt, he noted that there are rich people in the Islamic world as well as poor and it is those rich people who support dictators.

Previously, Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ criticized the Gulf countries, saying that they are supporting the coup to better control Egypt, as “puppet administrations” are easier to control than democratic ones. Bozdağ stated that Egypt is surrounded by numerous monarchic administrations, and added: “Those people [living under those administrations] might say: ‘Look how it went in Egypt; a great success was achieved. Why shouldn't this happen here to us?'” Bozdağ noted that it is clear the monarchies in the Gulf are disturbed by the changes in Egypt.



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