By Middle East Affairs
According to Egyptian media, Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has described Turkey as being part of a “triangle of evil” that also involves Iran and Islamist groups.
He also accused Turkey of trying to reinstate the Islamic Caliphate, Al-Shorouk reports, which was abolished nearly a century ago with the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey’s ruling party, AK Party, has roots in Islamist politics, and the country is allied with Qatar, which Saudi Arabia is boycotting for allegedly having ties to terrorists.
Furthermore, Saudi Arabia’s biggest rival is Iran, and Turkey has worked with Iran in Syria in recent months.
“The contemporary triangle of evil comprises Iran, Turkey and extremist religious groups,” Prince Mohammed said in Al-Shorouk.
The prince also said he believes the boycott against Qatar could be long-lasting, but that Qatar would not be barred from attending an Arab summit in Saudi Arabia this month.