According to this article, this shift is not an option to dismiss. “Last week’s visit to Washington by Feridun Sinirlioglu, undersecretary in the Turkish Foreign Ministry, has attracted attention. Informed sources in the Ankara beltway say that two issues need to be separated in discussing Turkey’s Syria approach. “Erdogan has to continue the tough talk on Syria because the catastrophe goes on there, but Sinirlioglu was trying to figure out a way both saving Erdogan’s face for its tough tone [on] engagement, and sorting out a deal between the Assad regime and the opposition.” Maybe Erdogan, alongside other Arab leaders, were acting ahead of themselves when they started to bluntly criticize Assad’s regime and calling for his ousting, barely weeks after the onset of the uprising.
I had to post this photo of Erdogan! (photo by REUTERS/Kayhan Ozer/Handout)