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The Turkic Council consists of two NATO member states, including the military bloc’s second-largest power, and four members of NATO’s Partnership for Peace transitional program. Kyrgyzstan hosted U.S. and NATO transit bases and Uzbekistan a German military base for NATO’s war in Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is where the Turkic Council and the Turkey-Azerbaijan-Pakistan-Qatar military axis converge.
After the NATO summit in June Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan mentioned the possibility of his nation, Pakistan and Hungary assuming control of the international airport in Afghanistan. Since then the U.S. has been working with Turkey and Qatar to run the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Qatar and Pakistan are two of only three countries that recognized the first Taliban emirate, along with Saudi Arabia, which has been supplanted in much of the Muslim world by Turkey.
The Wakhan Corridor connects Afghanistan with China’s ethnic Turkic Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
In recent weeks the Turkish government and the government and pro-government press have been:
-agitating for the independence of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (which is only recognized by Turkey).
-denouncing the government of Tunisia. Ankara completed a $150 million weapons deal with Tunisia earlier this year. The rhetoric in the Turkish press intimates Turkey would not be averse to supporting the opposition, including with military intervention, as it has in Syria and Libya.
-selling combat drones already used in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Nagorno-Karabakh and eastern Ukraine to Morocco, which appears poised to launch a final assault against the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic in Western Sahara and which is on the verge of an open clash with neighboring Algeria. (Turkish-controlled Libya and Tunisia border Algeria to the east as Morocco does to the west.)
-siding with Sudan in what could be an impending war with Ethiopia, the two nations having engaged in military clashes since March.
To those not seeing events through rose-colored glasses, the so-called Arab Spring of 2011 (with a Serbian Otpor, “color revolution” character in Egypt) had as it consequence if not intent a successful campaign waged by the eight Arab monarchies – Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – to overthrow secular, republican governments in nations like Iraq (under Noori al-Maliki), Libya, Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia, successful in all but one case. In early 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (under the aegis of her putative Arab Awakening) simultaneously demanded the governments of Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen step down. Again, she was successful in her diktat in all those nations but Syria.
The countries that would logically have been next are Algeria, Lebanon and Western Sahara. It appears their time has now arrived as well. On this occasion, however, it won’t be Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates but Turkey which effect the change, directly and through proxies.
Turkey hosts Turkic Council meeting on Afghanistan
Turkey will host in Istanbul on Monday an extraordinary meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Turkic Council to discuss the latest situation in Afghanistan.
The meeting is organized upon the invitation of Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu. The foreign ministers of the member states Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan are expected to attend, as is the Foreign Minister of Hungary as the observer state to the organization.
On the margins of the meeting, Çavuşoğlu will also hold bilateral talks with his counterparts.
Turkey is continuing efforts to bolster the security of its border with Iran to prevent a fresh migration wave as a result of the recent developments in Afghanistan….