Erdogan and bin Zayed: Will the “billions of the Emirates” save...

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25 November 2021, 13:29 GMT

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Arab newspapers are discussing the visit of Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi to Ankara, at a time when Turkey is witnessing a decline in the lira to record levels after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to reduce the interest rate.

A book talks about the “hidden agendas” of the Emirati official’s visit, especially with regard to normalization with Israel, Turkey’s relations with Iran and political Islam movements.

“Will you save Erdogan from drowning?”

The London-based Rai Al-Youm newspaper asks: “Does Sheikh bin Zayed’s visit to Ankara save Erdogan from drowning?”

In its editorial, the newspaper also raises other questions about the nature of the “hidden political agendas that it carries to change the region… and the possibilities of success and failure” of this visit.

The newspaper enumerates factors that it says “led to the Turkish president raising the white flag without much resistance and standing in the Emirati trap that was set up very tightly with sudden and unexpected ease,” including “the regional alignment against Turkey… the financial difficulties that the Turkish economy is experiencing these days, and the decline The popularity of the Turkish president … the deterioration of the price of the lira and the rise in inflation.”

The newspaper concludes that “these accelerated and deliberate moves of the Emirati leadership come within the framework of a new American strategy for a new Middle East, the first title of which is the consolidation of Israel’s existence as a normal state in the region through the ‘Abraham Peace’ agreements, and the second is to change the behavior of pivotal regimes such as Turkey (removing it from Islam). political), and the countries of the axis of resistance, especially Syria (removing it from Iran).

The newspaper does not rule out that the Emirati official, during the visit, will make reconciliation efforts between Turkey, Syria, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to lift the “boycott of Turkish goods, and to strengthen the ‘moderate’ Sunni axis linked to the United States in the face of the rising Iranian axis, which is also backed by China and Russia.”

In the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, Hussein Ibrahim describes the visit as “the summit of liquidating losses.”

He says: “Do not go beyond ‘to open ‘ Ibn Zayed the Turkish being in search of a new role ‘Dear ‘ normalization with Israel, in light of the setbacks suffered by the UAE’s adventures in the region.”

Ibrahim adds: “The rapid changes in the Emirati stakes reflect a flexibility in using money to serve the survival of the regime, which lives on external crises… Here, the other factor that bin Zayed is arming with besides money is to go further in the Israeli option, towards a situation The security of the regime is in Israel’s hands, and it is taking advantage of the latter’s relations with the United States to extract special American treatment for the UAE.”

“Restore confidence”

The Emirati newspaper Al Bayan sees in its editorial that “what establishes Mohammed bin Zayed’s historic visit to Turkey, and his meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, really amounts to a new era of ties based on strong common foundations, opening up broader horizons of development and prosperity opportunities not only for the two countries, but also for for the entire region.”

The Emirati newspaper Al-Khaleej says that Mohammed bin Zayed’s visit to Ankara “acquires exceptional importance, because it moves relations with Turkey to a new stage, not only with the UAE, but with various Arab countries.”

In its editorial, the newspaper considers that “the issue of consolidating the pillars of peace, stability and security in the region constitutes a basis for restoring relations that have experienced frosty between Turkey and the Arab countries, which was recently manifested by Ankara’s serious attempts to open up to the Arab world and re-zero problems with it, and restore relations on the basis of of mutual trust.”

The London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper sees “Bin Zayed’s visit to Turkey as a new stage in economic relations after the tensions” between the two countries.

In the Lebanese news, Mohamed Noureddine says that the visit represents “the end of the era of crisis” between Turkey and the UAE, as it has become “the word for investments.”

For his part, Mustafa Abdel-Salam, in the London-based Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper, expects the lira to improve against the US dollar, “but provided that Erdogan lifts his hand, control, and guardianship from the central bank, and does not consider the issue of interest rate cuts a priority in light of the current conditions that are witnessing an increase in inflation.”

The writer points out that “there are countries that pressure Turkey to return to borrowing from the International Monetary Fund, and thus submit to its harsh and unfair conditions against the citizen and the economy.”

And Abdel Salam adds: “Externally, there are pressures on Erdogan from several parties with the aim of affecting his popularity and his electorate by provoking turmoil not only in the foreign exchange market, or affecting the Turkish economy, but with a greater aim, which is to throw dirt on the AKP’s entire economic and political experience. and remove him from power.”

In the same context, Bakr Sidqi in Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper criticizes Erdogan’s policies, especially the economic ones, saying that he “changed the Minister of Finance and the head of the Central Bank three times within one year, and the Central Bank took contradictory decisions regarding interest rates with each of the mentioned changes, lowering and uplifting.”

Sedky says, “Opposition parties are investing politically in this turbulent economic situation, and consider that the main reason for this is not the country’s poverty in resources, but the uniqueness of the authority in making decisions, not as a government but as a president who has combined all executive powers in his hand.”

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