A leading U.S. newspaper said on Saturday that Turkey's involvement in attempts to resolve the major problems in the Middle East showed how the country was emerging as a key player in the region.
In an article titled "Turkey Presses Role as Mideast Referee", the Wall Street Journal said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's deep involvement in helping to mediate the Lebanon crisis, as well as Istanbul's hosting the nuclear talks with Iran showed how Turkey had emerged as a significant player in the Middle East.
"Turkey's involvement in attempts to resolve two of the Middle East's toughest diplomatic disputes this week has underscored its emergence as a key player in the region, after decades spent on the sidelines," the paper said.
Wall Street Journal's article said that diplomats and analysts believed Turkey was perhaps the only country in the region that was able to speak easily to Sunnis and Shiites, as well as Hezbollah and Washington at the same time.
Referring to several statements by Davutoglu, the article said the Turkish minister had stated that Turkey's interest in Iran negotiations was not a luxury, as Turkey, Iran's neighbor, would be the first country hit by nuclear escalation in the region, or tension between the West and Iran, or sanctions against Iran.
Describing Davutoglu as "a fixture in crises around the Middle East in recent years", the piece also said, "Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has turned into something of a political rock star in the region after adopting a tough stance against former ally Israel".
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