3 files between Iraq and Turkey in Erdogan's new mandate
The first 06/04/2023
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the constitutional oath yesterday, Saturday, for a new presidential term, and those interested and specialists in political affairs are watching the prospects for the relationship between Iraq and Turkey during the coming years of Erdogan’s new term, stressing that 3 ruling files have marked the relationship throughout the past period, which will continue between The two parties are water, borders and the economy, calling on the Iraqi government to invest the economy card to negotiate the other two files, water and borders.
The head of the "East Center for Strategic Studies and Information", Ali Mahdi Al-Araji, said in an interview with "Al-Sabah": "Erdogan no longer has the previous resounding voice, and he has left the framework of the direct threat to some countries in the region - as in the previous two decades - as he was working in a manner Directly on displaying the aspect of Turkish power and its expansion in the region.
He pointed out that "Turkish politics is suffering today from internal crises that force it to retreat towards the internal geography and will leave the external dimension, just as Erdogan now has strong relations with the countries of the region, but he suffers from the southern front (Iraq and Syria) and the spread of the PKK, which killed his ambitions in field expansion,” expecting that “we will witness a stable phase in which there is no difference,” calling for “exploiting the internal crises facing Erdogan and employing the political field in order to obtain some gains in the water field for Iraq, and to strengthen forms of economic interaction and pressure towards stopping military operations.” Noting that "this depends on the Iraqi negotiator and his level of intelligence."
Al-Araji pointed out that "we must realize that Turkey is not a state of individuals, but rather an institutional state, and that Erdogan's victory or loss does not affect the Iraqi political scene, as there is a partnership between the two countries that is not linked to the ruling system as much as it is linked to the hierarchical aspect of work, as it is Turkey is one of the pivotal countries in the political approach and has independence in decision-making.
For her part, the academic and expert in political and legal affairs, Dr. Rakia Al-Khazali, indicated, in an interview with "Al-Sabah", that "the relationship between Turkey and Iraq has not been stable since 2003, but rather it was a fluctuating relationship with an escalating pace. Others find it tense."
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