The phone call made from Ankara to Islamabad - NEDRET ERSANEL

The phone call made from Ankara to Islamabad

Even the “shadow” of Troika eased the table at which President Erdoğan sat together with his addressees during his Iran visit… But, I wonder.... Was the result of the contacts made in Tehran completely understood?

Two dominant powers in the region, Iran and Turkey, maintained a mutual attitude. Ankara made the call that two capitals should stand at attention together in the Yemen and Syria issues.

Nobody should get confused; Turkey's support to the military intervention led by Saudi Arabia and Turkey's attitude that supports Iran's contribution to the region is not a paradox. Both go hand in hand! After all, this is what's called the art of diplomacy, and, the U.S. is also implementing the same policy between the Iran and Yemen poles.

Besides, the President of Iran, Ruhani's statement is as follows; “Both of us believe that the war and slaughter in Yemen should come to an end right away.” (Let me even provide reference from Hürriyet gazette; 'Turkey, Iran should act together to stop bloodshed', 07/04, Hürriyet Daily News.)


Comprehending the map requires thinking laminar and wide-angled ….

The “energy” talks in Moscow between Putin and the Prime Minister of Greece, Tsipras; the meeting between foreign ministers of Hungary, Serbia, Greece and Macedonia for cooperation in the Turkish Stream; the negotiations, which are developing simultaneously around the Turkish and Greek in Cyprus and which will possibly be started after being crowned with a joint declaration; and “Iran's aspiration for TANAP”; should all be combined with a pen in hand. After the ambitious geographies in between are completed, environmental planning, which is encircled by an energy line, will be revealed. Besides, Ankara is carrying this out while under the stress of the election process in Turkey.


Any collocation, which is understood to be swiftly isolated from the Sunni-Shi'ite differentiation and which will be established on the Middle East platform by the two non-Arabic countries of the region, is strategic!

Maybe Saudi Arabia will join this platform over the conflict points on the agenda, and by looking at Tehran's actual attitude, it's necessary not to hold on to the idea that they will exclude Riyad forever. In some of it's statements, Ankara counted Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey as the most important countries in the region; however, they skipped Egypt. The same unprejudiced but patient attitude while observing the developments, should also be valid here!

Look at the criticisms related with the bond Turkey established with Iran, as well as Turkey's relation with Riyad and Islamabad, and generally with the Yemen coalition…

You will be surprised at seeing how narrow the feeding fields become. A little from the European Union – which is in the period where they are cared for the least by the world – and a little from the domestic opposition's known factors…. In other words, the ones, who fell ill as the relations with EU weakened, and the ones who are worried of the relations with Iran.

Thank God that the Iran-TANAP news, which had been announced during President Erdoğan's Iran visit, had not been matched with the news that Iran has become a founding member to the “Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank”, to which Ankara has also applied to become a member recently at the end of March and we didn't lose our sleep even more. ('Iran has become a founder member to the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank', 07/04, TRT.) These are all happening on April 7th!


Of course, Iran is also following its own plans and trying to protect its strategic gains. In this sense, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's Umman and the Pakistan visits this week are quite important.

The reason for Zarif's visit to Umman after the Lausanne nuclear negotiations is that this country had opened it's doors – in secret from Riyad – to the discreet contacts between the U.S. and Iran almost two years ago. The truth is, Umman is a country, which snapped at the Saudi administration's domination attempts over the Gulf and Gulf countries, that is close to Tehran.

It's possible that one of the mutual points of the Ankara-Tehran intimacy is the possibility of Umman being a mediator between the sides in Yemen. It's still too early, but just want to note it down. Umman's calling for “a short ceasefire for humane aid” can be a clue in this matter.

Foreign Minister Zarif went to Pakistan afterwards. It's importance is clear; the show of strength that is being constructed between Ankara-Riyad-Islamabad. Let me state how Tehran perceives this; Iran regards Pakistan's stance in the Yemen crisis “vital”. According to Iran's point of view, if Pakistan keeps its distance from Yemen, it will make it difficult for the Saudi administration to continue the war.

Then, what was the decision of Pakistan? Another format of the same question is, “How was Zarif's meetings in Islamabad?”… The Pakistan parliament, after sessions that continued for five days, decided “not to send troops” to Yemen!

Then, can we say that Saudi Arabia has lost?

Not likely, but we are getting close to the mystery…

Pakistan states, “Islamabad is ready to fight shoulder to shoulder with the state of Arabia and it's people when Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity is in danger.”

In order to solve all of it, we need to look at the following news: “In the joint session conducted at the national parliament, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, has stated that they are waiting for Turkey's decision, and, the contexts of Turkey's meetings with Saudi Arabia and Iran, before they make a fixed decision on the matter of joining the “Determination Storm” operation started in Yemen under the leadership of Saudi Arabia.” ('Eyes on Turkey, 08/04, Yeni Şafak.)

In other words, we can't be sure whether the Foreign Minister of Iran's visit or the phone call made from Ankara to Islamabad influenced Pakistan's decision!


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