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Milliyet - Turkey | Monday, March 30, 2015

Turkey should stay out of conflict

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan signalled on Friday that he would support the Saudi-led military alliance in Yemen. Definitely the wrong move, columnist Asli Aydıntaşbaş criticises in the daily Milliyet: "This is an anti-democratic, dirty alliance based solely on religious denomination. Turkey's leaders know that the Saudis' only goal is to protect regimes and not allow democracy to gain a foothold in the Arab world. So what business is this of ours? ... It's one thing to contradict the people of Yemen, but quite another to intervene there hand in hand with putschists and oil kingdoms. Just last month Ankara said about Libya that civil wars should not be bombarded from outside the country. But when we're dealing with the Shiite enemies in Yemen, they're willing to support an attack."

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