PremiumWhen the phone rings: Iran and Turkey strengthen relations

President Erdogan's commitment to making his country a regional potentate is increasingly clear. Tehran is grateful, at least for now, at a time when, despite promises, it is without 'friends' in the West.

It was just a phone call, but it may have changed the course of many regional strategies and modified - later on we will see how much - the necessarily unstable balances between the forces operating directly in the Middle East and the difficult world around it: last week, the Turkish President Recep Erdogan spoke on the phone to his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani. Harassed by the United States, informally abandoned by self-proclaimed European partners and maintaining a latent hatred for the secular Saudi enemy, Iran may have found in Turkey the route compagnon which will allow it to remain in a prominent position in terms of regional power and a possible leverage for the recovery of its poor economy.

Interfering in several scenarios at the same time - in Nagorno-Karabakh, Syria, Libya and even Venezuela, while maintaining strained relations with Saudi Arabia and very unfriendly with Israel - Turkey has had a 'gift' these past two weeks unexpected: the French president, Emmanuel Macron, saying he is fed up with the counter power that Erdogan exercises in regions where the Gauls also want to have a say (Libya, Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean), decided to promote an internal combat plan to what he called of Islamic fundamentalism - very evident in recent events in France, to the dismay of Professor Samuel Paty, who died for showing a cartoon of Muhammad to his students.

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