ANKARA - Middle East powerhouse Turkey on Wednesday warned against a
sectarian Cold War in the region and said rising Sunni-Shi'ite tensions
would be "suicide" for the whole region.
"Let me openly say that there are some willing to start a regional Cold
War," Foreign Minster Ahmet Davutoglu told state-run Anatolian news
agency before heading to Shi'ite Iran.
"We are determined to prevent a regional Cold War. Sectarian regional
tensions would be suicide for the whole region," Davutoglu said, adding
such effects would last for decades.
Majority Sunni Turkey, which borders Iran, Iraq and Syria, has attempted
to play a moderating role as rivals Shi'ite Iran and Sunni powerhouse
Saudi Arabia jockey for influence in a region undergoing sweeping
changes brought on by "Arab Spring" popular uprisings .