Turkey’s increased security cooperation with Qatar and Saudi Arabia have further elevated such worries.
Saudi Arabia and Iran have been rivals for the large part of the 20th century, but this rivalry has not dominated the regional agenda until recently.
In contrast, Shiite Iran, which competes (with Saudi Arabia) for the leadership of Islam, has used the sectarian divide to further its ambitions.
For instance, the US and Russia initiated a secret negotiation process to try to manage the Syrian Crisis by excluding related regional states such as Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Contributions, or at least the consent of the regional actors such as Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia, are crucial for the sustainability of order in the region.
Despite those efforts, which have been particularly encouraged by King Salman of Saudi Arabia, it’s still not easy to think of such a rapprochement.
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This spill in nature of Syrian civil war has propelled Iran and Saudi Arabia as the main regional contenders in Syria, which has made the situation in the country more chaotic.
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