Arab countries attempt to damage Turkey’s reputation - TRT

Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt are trying to damage Turkey’s reputation in the Middle East and are now tactics that include pressuring other countries to producing drama series that distort Ottoman history, TRT World said

The latest example of those efforts, Saudi Arabia’s success in forcing Pakistan to withdraw from the Kuala Lumpur summit of Muslim countries, proves the extent of the kingdom’s opposition to any initiative involving Turkey as a major player, TRT World said. 

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been at odds since Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman came to power in 2017 with major differences over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year and Turkey’s support for Qatar in a spat with other Gulf Arab countries over Qatar’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. 

Turkey’s relations with Egypt are also dire, as Turkey opposed General Abdel Fattah el Sisi’s 2013 military coup and sided with the country’s elected leader Mohammed Morsi, who died in prison this year. 

TRT World said diplomatic efforts to undermine Turkey’s influence had also expanded to the media and cultural spheres, citing an article by journalist Ibrahim al Olabi for TRT Arabic. 

Abu Dhabi based Sky News Arabia’s regular negative coverage of Turkey, and Saudi Arabia’s attempts to discourage its citizens from visiting the country this year using animated videos shared on social media are among examples of such efforts Olabi listed. 

Saudi Arabia has also removed Turkish shows from its biggest TV networks and has spent $40 million on a television series named ‘Kingdoms of Fire’ directed by British director Peter Webber to distort the image of the Ottoman Empire, TRT World said.