Expert: Turkey benefits from regional conflicts
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 21 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /
Turkey is not willing to act as a mediator in resolving the political crisis between Iran and the Arab countries in the Persian Gulf. The continuation of the conflict serves Ankara's interests, the Lebanese "Lubnan" newspaper editor Ali al-Amin believes.
"Turkey is benefiting from the continued conflict between Iran and the Persian Gulf's Arab states", al-Amin told Trend over the phone from Beirut.
He believes that by using strained relations between the two major powers in the region, Turkey strengthens its position in the Middle East.
On Monday, the Saudi Arabian Foreign Ministry stated that it may recall its diplomatic mission in Iran if the diplomats' security is not ensured.
Recently a student demonstration took place in front of the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Tehran. The demonstrators threw several bombs into the building to incite aggression and voiced slogans against bringing the Saudi troops into Bahrain.
Earlier, the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf accused Iran of fomenting unrest in Kuwait and Bahrain. Tehran meanwhile condemns Saudi Arabia for its interference in Bahrain's internal affairs, to where troops were brought on March 14 to prevent Shiite uprising - Shiites constitute 70 percent of the local population.
On Tuesday, the Iranian spiritual leader's military adviser Yahya Rahim Safavi accused Saudi Arabian authorities in the suppression of public unrest in Bahrain. In this regard Safavi warned about a possible armed intervention in the affairs of the Saudi kingdom.
Al-Amin said that the policy pursued by Ankara towards the region shows that Turkey is trying to play the role of the supposedly "big brother" for the region, posing as a peacemaker attempting to resolve these countries' problems.
"Turkey's policy, which envisages zero aggression towards all countries, in fact, has only one goal - to establish control over the region and strengthen its position," he said.