Turkey’s power-play in Qatar leads to warmer relations with Iran

By Seth J. Frantzman

The Qatar-Turkey alliance creates a third side to the Middle East’s regional struggles and will affect Israel.

On June 17 the Iranian ambassador to Turkey said that Tehran wanted to cooperate with Turkey in the struggle against terrorism.

According to a report in the Daily Sabah, a Turkish pro-government newspaper, Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian Fard was asked if his country views Kurdish groups in Syria, the People’s Protection Units and Democratic Union Party, as terrorists, the way Ankara does. “[Iran] describes the PKK, the PYD and the YPG to be terrorist groups,” the ambassador said.

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