ANKARA: After years of animosity and mutual mistrust, Turkey and neighboring Arab countries have once again joined hands to end their differences.
According to international media, the second round of talks between Turkey and Egypt at the level of Deputy Foreign Minister will be held today. Political experts say this is going to be the first direct high-level talks between the two countries since 2013.
This is the latest link between Turkey and the Arab states that ended in the 2011 Arab Spring. The Arab Spring sparked anti-government movements in the Middle East and North Africa, forcing the long-ruling rulers in those countries to step down, but also sounded alarm bells for other rulers.
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It should be noted that with the onset of the Arab Spring, Turkey, which supported groups close to the Muslim Brotherhood, saw an opportunity to play a leading role in the region and put pressure on Arab governments to reform during public protests.
Instead, many of those who supported it were shocked and Ankara isolated itself.
In addition to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates also emerged as strong rivals to Turkey, both of which saw the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat to their ruling families.
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The assassination of journalist Jamal Khashkji at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has further escalated differences between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointing fingers at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the assassination. Picked up