Turkey’s normalization campaign and opposition’s reaction

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The opposition strongly reacted to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s recent visit to Ankara. The main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) Chairperson Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu accused the government of “bowing to the Saudi prince for a couple of dollars,” as pro-opposition commentators talked about “psychological supremacy” and “Turkey’s reputation” with reference to a photo published by the Saudi Press Agency. Others criticized normalization between Ankara and Riyadh, stating that “we have been strongarmed” and wished that “he had not visited.” They concluded that Turkey needed to “re-embrace traditional diplomacy and not meddle in the internal affairs of the Arabs.”

Such comments suggest that the opposition cannot adequately interpret President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s approach to diplomacy nor the rationale behind his administration’s policy of normalization. It goes without saying…

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