The great Sunni-state backlash: Will new king patch up matters with MB, Qatar & Turkey against Iran?
Well this is certainly bad news if one is hopeful of the prospects of a mitigation of violence in the region, a US-Iran deal and a rapprochement between KSA+Iran. Bad times ahead… and conveniently aligned with the apparently dominant trend of thinking in Israel it seems. Without the WMD threat in Damascus I fail to see how a hobbled President can seal a deal with Iran and avoid regional war against the Hibzullah-Syria-Iran axis – or at least the Lebanon portion of it.
Translated tonight by Mideastwire.com:
On February 3, the Qatari-owned Al-Quds al-Arabi daily carried the following report by its correspondent in Istanbul Isma’il Jamal: “Only a few days after King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz passed away and his Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz assumed power in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, speculations are mounting in regard to the possible opening of a new page in the relations between the Kingdom and the Gulf states in general, but also with Turkey under the leadership of Recep Tayyip Erdogan. These speculations came against the backdrop of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s participation in the funerals of the late King, and Ankara’s announcement of its mourning of his departure. This happened only a few days before the arrival of a Turkish military frigate to the Saudi coasts, in the context of the “enhancement of bilateral ties” between the two countries.
“And in parallel to the visit of Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc to Kuwait, a few days after the prince of Qatar had visited Ankara weeks ago, numerous analyses emerged regarding the existence of a strong Turkish inclination, with Qatari-Kuwaiti mediation, to end the disputes with the other Gulf axis represented by Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Bahrain, especially following the Gulf reconciliation sealed between these states and Qatar, which is considered to be a “strategic ally” for Turkish in the region… According to observers, there are many factors that should push Saudi Arabia to enhance its relations with the Sunni axis in the region, in order to form an alliance capable of confronting the mounting Iranian influence in the region, the last episode of which was seen in the control imposed by the Houthis, who are completely loyal to Tehran, on Saudi Arabia’s first neighbor Yemen.
“Moreover, Tehran is strengthening its allies in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon at the expense of Saudi influence, at a time when Riyadh fears the repercussions of whichever possible deal between the United States and the P5+1 with Tehran over the Iranian nuclear project. Indeed, if an agreement is reached, it will feature the lifting of the economic sanctions imposed on Iran and political concessions that will allow it to continue expanding its regional influence at the Kingdom’s expense, which used to be considered Washington’s primary ally in the region…”