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More Shadow Play in Persian Gulf

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By M K Bhadrakumar
Indian Punchline
January 8, 2012

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s visit to Iran doesn’t appear to have gone well. The rhetoric is all Turkey’s — and in a subtle way, Iranian official media have been gently mocking at it. The fact is, Turkey cannot afford such poor relations with almost all its neighbours — Iran, Syria, Iraq, Armenia, Cyprus, Israel. With France and EU, too, things are rocky.

But Tehran takes a dim view of Turkey’s covert subversion of Syria and its interference in Iraq, as well as its axis with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Most important, Turkey is allowing the US’s ABM system to be deployed on its soil, whose main purpose is to monitor Iran’s missile capability against Israel.

Thus, Davutoglu’s revelation of a Turkish mediatory role in the Iran nuclear issue is, let us say, a lot of hot air. Iranian FM Ali Akbar Salehi used his Persian tact to respond with his ‘personal opinion’ that Iran has no problem with Istanbul as a venue of talks.

The negotiations over the nuclear issue are going to be tough, especially under the shadow of the EU’s impending ban on purchase of Iran’s oil. Iran will be wary of the west using the talks for propagnada purpose. Trita Parsi, who knows the subject exceedingly well from the inside track (and advises the US government), has an insightful article in the Independent on the US and western countries’ doublespeak.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

January 11, 2012 at 10:05 am

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