Reaf­firm strate­gic part­ner­ship

The Miracle - - Middle East -

ence in Syria’s Idlib, the planned in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) sched­uled for Sept. 25, how to meet Turkey’s need to train new F16 pilots to re­place those that were re­moved from mil­i­tary ser­vice after the coup at­tempt will be the top is­sues on the agenda,” he told Arab News. Ac­cord­ing to Ah­met K. Han, an in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions pro­fes­sor at Is­tan­bul’s Kadir Has Univer­sity, this visit will not see a dras­tic trans­for­ma­tion in bi­lat­eral ties but it has cer­tain im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal pur­poses from the Turk­ish side. “Turkey now, more than ever, has to main­tain a bal­ance in its for­eign pol­icy, in­clud­ing its re­la­tions with the United States, as its pre­vi­ous am­bi­tion to de­velop an au­ton­o­mous for­eign pol­icy proved to be un­sus­tain­able at least at the level as­pired to by her de­ci­sion mak­ers,” Han told Arab News. “Turkey’s in­ten­tion is to de­sign a re­newed multi-di­men­sional re­la­tion­ship in­side the Belt­way. Also, in­ter­na­tion­ally, it tries to avoid be­com­ing iso­lated on the global stage.” For th­ese pur­poses, Han noted, Ankara now wants to es­tab­lish bi­par­ti­san con­tacts with key in­di­vid­u­als in Wash­ing­ton, in­clud­ing some out­side the ad­min­is­tra­tion. “Er­do­gan also aims to de­velop a sep­a­rate, prefer­ably a tightly cir­cled one-on-one re­la­tion­ship, with Trump which will al­low Turkey to by­pass some in­flu­en­tial fig­ures within the ad­min­is­tra­tion, who the Turk­ish side sees as cat­e­gor­i­cally act­ing against Turk­ish in­ter­ests and re­strict­ing Trump by their for­eign pol­icy re­flexes,” he said. Ex­perts ar­gue that Turkey will use this month’s UN meet­ing as an op­por­tu­nity to raise the is­sue of the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Myan­mar where about 270,000 Ro­hingya Mus­lims have fled vi­o­lence di­rected at them. Turkey re­cently ex­tended a help­ing hand to the re­gion by de­liv­er­ing 1,000 tons of aid for 100,000 fam­i­lies. Er­do­gan and Trump met earlier on May 16 at the White House and ended with joint com­mit­ments to co­op­er­ate on coun­tert­er­ror­ism ef­forts. The meet­ing failed to de­liver con­crete out­comes con­cern­ing the on­go­ing con­tro­ver­sies that con­tinue to di­vide the two coun­tries. Hopes are pinned on this com­ing meet­ing.

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