Turkey seeks to cement Iran alliance

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Turkey seeks to cement Iran alliance
Ankara has pivoted in the last several years, fueled by the former Trump administration which worked closely with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to work with Russia and Iran.
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
JANUARY 30, 2021

Turkey hosted Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Ankara on Friday in a sign of growing relations that seek to work closely with Tehran against US interests in the Middle East. The meeting illustrated that Turkey’s recent push for Azerbaijan to fight Armenians in the Caucasus now will end with Ankara, Moscow and Tehran cooperating in the Caucasus region to carve it up into spheres of influence, like Syria and Libya.

Ankara has pivoted in the last several years, fueled by the former Trump administration which worked closely with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to work with Russia and Iran. This appears counterintuitive because Washington wanted to work with Turkey and even gave Turkey a greater role in Syria. However Ankara’s goal was to use the blank check it had from the Trump administration to move away from NATO into the orbit of Moscow and Tehran to partition areas of the Middle East and remove the US and EU.

Turkey has a well-oiled pro-government media machine and lobby that works to tell one story to Iran hawks in Washington, and another to regional media. For instance Turkey has been pushing a media narrative that it wants reconciliation with Israel and could sideline Hamas, which has a red carpet in Ankara. However, in reality Turkey and Iran both back Hamas and Zarif’s visit to Ankara was symbolic of the Turkey-Iran alliance.

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