"COVID-19 could have provided a good opportunity for rapprochement between Turkey and Saudi Arabia and the UAE. But unfortunately, this is not the case. Instead, it exacerbated the situation between these states."
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Middle East, a regional power competition has ensued between Turkey and Saudi Arabia for global Muslim leadership and regional influence. In addition, the pandemic also added to existing regional tensions between Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. To understand the impact of COVID-19 on Turkey-Gulf relations, Wikistrat interviewed Dr. Ali Bakeer, an expert on the foreign policies of Turkey, Iran, and GCC countries.