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Why Erdogan's victory matters for the West | BBC News |

You can spot Turkey's global strategic significance - which has starkly increased against the backdrop of the Ukraine war - by the A-list potpourri of world leaders who rushed to congratulate Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his election win on Sunday night.

First out of the box was Russian President Vladimir Putin. [False - close allies Muslim Brotherhood, neighboring states and Central Asian countries with Turkic people]

He was so keen to stroke the ego of his Turkish counterpart and fellow "strongman" leader that he didn't even wait for the official results of the vote before singling out Mr Erdogan's "independent foreign policy" as a reason for his victory.

Trade between Turkey and Russia even increased significantly since the start of the war in Ukraine.

But also hot on Mr Putin's congratulatory heels on Sunday were US President Joe Biden [again false] and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon May 29th, 2023 at 06:35:19 PM EST
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If I hadn't fallen into Biden-India vortex of post-Trump QUAD rehab yesterday...
Readout of President Biden's Meeting with Prime Minister Modi of India, 24 Sep 2021
• Combined Military [sic] Forces CMF - Bahrain division
...I might not have noticed this item.

wam.ae | UAE rejects mischaracterisation of US-UAE conversations regarding maritime security,
31 May 2023 responding to US Naval Central Command tweet, 23 May

In a statement today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that the UAE is committed to peaceful dialogue and diplomatic engagement as a means of advancing the shared goals of regional security and stability.

"As a result of our ongoing evaluation of effective security cooperation with all partners, two months ago, the UAE withdrew its participation in the Combined Maritime Forces," added the statement.

MoFA stressed that the UAE remains committed to responsibly ensuring the safety of navigation in its seas, in accordance with international law.

by Cat on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 05:33:57 PM EST
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UAE says it withdrew from US-led maritime coalition tasked with securing Gulf waters | TOI |

The Bahrain-headquartered CMF was established in 2001, initially as a partnership between 12 nations. It is active in crucial but troubled Gulf waters where tankers have been seized and attacked in recent months.

A spokesperson for the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) said the UAE remains a partner nation, despite putting its participation on hold.

"The CMF still includes 38 partner nations, of which the UAE is one," Commander Timothy Hawkins told AFP.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 07:55:32 PM EST
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Iran, China, and Russia conduct combined naval drills in Gulf of Oman | USN - March 20, 2023 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 31st, 2023 at 07:57:23 PM EST
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