Turkey seeks to heal Muslim wounds at Istanbul summit

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in Ankara on April 12, 2016Turkey’s hosting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on Thursday and Friday is a new symbol of its desire to be seen as a major power in the Islamic world, especially in lands once controlled by the Ottoman Empire. Hit by a crisis in relations with Egypt’s secular rulers and at times tricky ties with Shiite Iran, Turkey has sought to build alliances with fellow overwhelmingly Sunni Muslim powers Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

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