Turkish prime minister has said that the foundation of a Palestinian state was the most crucial element of a settlement of the Middle East problem.
"Re-establishment of peace and stability in the Middle East is only possible with a fair and lasting settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian problem, which is the core reason for most of the issues in the region.
"The foundation of a independent and viable Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital is the basic condition for the solution of the problem," Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a press conference after a meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ankara, the Turkish capital.
Erdogan said Turkey would continue extend support and defend the Palestinian cause to "make sure that our Palestinian brothers live a free and a humane life they deserve."
The Turkish premier said his country would also support Palestine's bid for membership in the United Nations.
Erdogan said Turkey had welcomed the sealing of an reconciliation between Al Fatah and Hamas, an agreement which he said would serve "the attainment of the free and humane life for Palestinians."
Erdogan also called on the international community to "assume an impartial stance" with a view to support the Palestinian reconciliation.
Erdogan criticized the Israeli blockade of Gaza as "inhuman and lawless," saying 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza were unable to meet even their most basic needs.
"Israel must end this blockade immediately. It should allow the passage of goods that Gazans need the most including materials for the reconstruction of the physical infrastructure," he said.
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