Muslim unity can prevent 2nd Sykes-Picot

We should cooperate to end sectarian policies, and our unity works to spread stability in the region, says Numan Kurtulmus

Muslim unity can prevent 2nd Sykes-Picot

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s deputy prime minister has warned of a “second Sykes-Picot” imperialist division of the Middle East, calling on the Islamic countries to join forces to prevent this.

In an interview published Tuesday in London-based Arabic-language daily Asharq al-Awsat, Numan Kurtulmus said, “The Islamic world should develop a clear understanding of the picture in the Middle East. A hundred years ago, the imperialist powers imposed the [1916] Sykes-Picot Agreement in the region that resulted in its division by borders, and now we are currently facing a project called the second Sykes-Picot.”

Kurtulmus urged “unity among the Islamic countries to confront their division along sectarian lines, which would tear them up.”

Pointing to Turkey’s cooperation with Saudi Arabia, he said, “We work to unite the Islamic world to prevent the division of its countries... Turkey does not want to see countries like Iraq, Syria, Libya, and others falling apart. We should cooperate to end sectarian policies, and our unity is the agenda to spread stability in the region.”

He added, “We see that Saudi Arabia is playing an effective role in this area. We now stand at a crossroads and a critical time: Either we surrender to the second Sykes-Picot or unite against sectarianism.”

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