In the past two decades, Turkey has broadened its diplomatic horizons and improved its relations with Middle Eastern countries.

Ebrar Şahika Küçükaşcı 20 February 2019

In the past two decades, Turkey has broadened its diplomatic horizons and improved its relations with Middle Eastern countries. During the 2000s, such a strategy led to a rapprochement between Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. After the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war, Turkey-Qatar relations became stronger, especially in times of crises, such as the 15 July coup attempt in 2016 in Turkey and the blockade of Qatar in 2017. These major milestones provided a solid framework for strengthening this important partnership, which culminated with the signing of significant agreements in the economic and military domains.

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