Iranian portal Irdiplomacy.ir: Iraq is another Azerbaijan for Turkey

The Iranian website Irdiplomacy.ir published an article titled “Baghdad is rushing towards Ankara; Iraq, another Azerbaijan for Turkey! » According to Irdiplomacy.ir, Turkey has the ability to meet Iraq’s commodity needs, providing technical engineering assistance and partnering on Iraqi investment projects. Turkey’s aid to Baghdad will move Iraqi public opinion in the direction of Turkey, thus creating a gulf between Iran and Iraq.

Irdiplomacy.ir argued that Iraq is another Azerbaijan for Turkey. Based on the above, it is not unlikely that, at a faster pace, Turkey will have influence over this country [Irak] by providing the basic needs of its population, thus making Iraq a participant alongside Turkey “concluded Irdiplomacy.ir.

On December 17, 2020, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi met in Ankara. During the joint press conference, President Erdogan said that Turkey and Iraq agreed to continue fighting against their “common enemies”, namely the PKK, ISIS, and the Gülen movement. During the press conference it was also highlighted that Turkey and Iraq can easily reach the goal of a trade volume of $ 20 billion.[1]

In recent days, the tension in Iran-Turkey relations was publicly expressed in the Iranian media. The Iranian regime is alarmed by the expansionist ambitions of Erdogan’s Sunni Islamist government, which come at the expense of Iran’s Shiite Islamist government and its axis of resistance.[2]

Below is the article from the Irdiplomacy.ir portal:[3]

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi held a joint press conference after their meeting at the Presidential Complex (source: Tccb.gov.tr, December 17, 2020).

Turkey’s support for Iraq may create a gulf between Iran and Iraq

“Turkey, in view of its diverse structural and manufacturing capabilities and competitive advantage, can do with Iranian exports what it did in the Middle East. If Saudi Arabia can provide financial assistance for infrastructure and stadium projects in addition to donating hospitals and influencing the opinion of the Iraqi population, then Turkey has the capacity to meet commodity needs, provide technical engineering assistance, and partner on their projects. investment companies, in accordance with European standards. Surely, these actions can promote the dream of swaying Iraqi public opinion in the direction of Turkey, thus creating a gulf between them and Iran. [Irak].

“Lately there has been an important event in the relationship between Turkey and Iraq, which went unnoticed by the incident that occurred over the recited poem ‘Aras’ in Azerbaijan,[4] when in fact it was very important and according to that recitation.

“Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, the prime minister of Iraq, led a high-level delegation in Ankara and Erdogan received him with all the pomp and circumstances of a head of state. Trade and security agreements were executed and all issues related to the common strategies of the two countries were discussed at the joint press conference.

«Erdogan [dijo]: ‘Turkey has great respect for the total territorial integrity of Iraq and is ready to offer any assistance in rebuilding this country [Irak]… We consider all of Iraq, regardless of ethnic origin or religion, as our brothers and the possibility of increasing bilateral trade between the two countries to 20 trillion dollars is achievable… By repairing the pipeline damaged by ISIS, we wish to increase the volume of Kirkuk’s oil injected into world markets… the issue of water should be a reason for cooperation between the two countries and not a reason for contention and conflict ”.

“Al-Kadhimi said: ‘Turkish companies play an important role in investments in Iraq and we will not allow any action against Turkey from within Iraqi territory… We wish to increase our partnership with Turkey and have signed agreements with Ankara.’ (ISNA, December 22, 2020).

“Under the present and past leadership, in addition to acting in an unacceptable way, such as the bloody repression of the Kurds, from the point of view of securing their national interests and increasing their sphere of influence in the region, Turkey, without participating in no war, generally speaking, very well done. If Turkey can overcome its Atturkist ideology and extreme nationalism, perhaps it can resolve the Kurdish demands democratically. It is not at all unreasonable that he can become a very successful model in both the Islamic and non-Islamic world.

“In the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in coordination with Russia, this forced Armenia to surrender and placed the Republic of Azerbaijan even more than before within its sphere of influence. Now it’s Iraq’s turn. This grants him concessions on the waters of the Tigris and the Euphrates and obtains in exchange three important concessions:

“1. Political and economic influence in Iraq

“2. Guide Iraq to control its own borders

“3. Reduce Iran’s influence in Iraq

“From that moment on, the Iraqi market, which until the day Donald Trump withdrew from the PIDAC agreement was largely under the control of Iran and even made it possible to evade some of the sanctions on Iran, is moving away at a faster rate. of Iran and is at the disposal of the two regional competitors of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, who will surely take control.

Turkey achieves its national interests by relying on the strength of the various components of its national powers

“In March 2019, in an article titled ‘Iraq’s Slow Move to Saudi Arabia’s Front and Its Perspective on Qatar and Syria’s Relationship with Saudi Arabia’, I indicated that Iraq’s policies are slowly moving away from Iran .

“Turkey, in view of its diverse structural and manufacturing capabilities and its competitive advantages, can do with Iranian exports what it did with the Middle East. If Saudi Arabia can provide financial assistance to infrastructure projects, stadiums and donate hospitals and influence Iraqi public opinion, then Turkey does have the capacity to meet commodity needs, provide technical engineering assistance, and partner in their investment projects with Iraqis, according to European standards. Undoubtedly, these acts can promote the dream of influencing Iraqi public opinion in the direction of Turkey, thus creating a gulf between Iran and them. [Irak].

“This country [Turquía]Despite the criticism of his actions, to some extent he has a good understanding of his power and national security. As far as possible, it avoids being caught in a direct military confrontation. When he shot down a Russian fighter plane, he officially apologized and avoided escalating the situation into direct conflict. It constantly attacks Israel, but does not go far enough to disrupt their diplomatic relationship. He challenges the United States on various issues and issues by threatening it, but when necessary he softens his position. This is in conflict on all regional fronts, but it does not generate direct conflict. It achieves its national interests by relying on the strength of the various components of its national powers (economic, diplomatic, and military power).

«The AKP party is an example of political parties that represent political Islamism. But contrary to the principles of the founders, who were based on various religious prejudices, the AKP acts in a contrary way, since it does not have a full understanding of the situation and the ability to establish better communication with the different groups, since it lacks of the necessary religious understanding. The only problem with the AKP party and with Erdogan and the influence inherited from Ataturkism is not being able to deal properly with the Kurds, which stems from the lack of linkage between national security interests with anti-Kurdish sentiments and not because of religious differences.

«Can one see Iraq as another Azerbaijan? Based on what has already been mentioned above, it is not unlikely that, at a faster rate, Turkey will have influence in this country. [Irak] by providing the basic needs of its people, which will make Iraq a participant alongside this country [Turquía]».


[1] Tccb.gov.tr/en/news/542/123262/-there-is-no-place-for-separatist-terrorism-in-the-future-of-turkey-iraq-and-syria-, December 17th February , 2020.

[2] See MEMRI Series Special Dispatch No. 9111 – Iranian Expert Sadeq Maleki: ‘Ancient Ottomanism Seeked To Expand To The Gates Of Vienna And Towards The West, Erdoğan’s Neo-Ottomanism Has Its Vision Towards The East, December 29 , 2020; Series Special Dispatch No. 9065 – Anti-Turkish Statements in Iran – Part I: Iranian Daily: Erdogan pursues a policy of ideological and religious warfare, hiding his hostile regional politics behind an Islamic mask, December 2, 2020; MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 9078 Series, Anti-Turkish Statements in Iran – Part II: Iranian Daily Referencing ‘Sultan Recep Tayyip Erdogan’, Who ‘Fantasizes He Is Equal to the Ottoman Sultans and Can Tell the World What to Do do ‘, December 9, 2020; MEMRI Series Special Dispatch No. 9099 – Russian Expert Mirzayan: Erdogan Is Trying To Harness Azerbaijani Nationalism To Undermine Iran, December 21, 2020.

[3] Irdiplomacy.ir, December 28, 2020; The article was written by Ali Deyni Turkmani.

[4] See MEMRI Series Special Dispatch No. 9105 – IRGC Affiliated Newspaper Javan: Erdogan ‘is in pursuit of creating his delusional state,’ his ‘new imaginary Ottoman empire’, December 23, 2020; MEMRI TV Clip No. 8530 – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Parade in Baku, Azerbaijan: We Are Two States, But One Nation; we must hold accountable those who violated the honor of humanity in the Nagorno-Karabakh war, December 10, 2020.

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