Turkey’s efforts to restore regional relations have faced widespread distrust, Gulf News reports.
In recent months, Turkish officials have tried to ease tensions with a number of countries, including Egypt, Israel and Saudi Arabia. The Turkish “attack with admiration” is aimed at undermining regional initiatives against Ankara’s increasingly aggressive stance in the Middle East and the Eastern Mediterranean.
In February, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates hosted the first meeting of the Philia Mediterranean Forum, to which Turkey was not invited.
Turkey has conflicts with EU member Greece and Cyprus over access to newly discovered hydrocarbon reserves along its maritime borders and in the Eastern Mediterranean basin.
At the same time, Turkey’s military intervention in the Libyan conflict and support for the Muslim Brotherhood throughout the region has angered Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.