Erdogan says Turkey can step in to solve Palestinian issues

Erdogan says that "Turkey would be involved in any kind of efforts or activities to reach cease-fire, to lift the embargo, and to reach compromise inside Palestine"

Erdogan says Turkey can step in to solve Palestinian issues

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met Syrian President Beshar Assad and King Abdullah of Jordan on his Middle East tour to stop Israel's offensive against Gaza, said that his talks were very fruitful.

Erdogan also met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan. Erdogan is scheduled to travel to Egypt on Thursday and Saudi Arabia on Saturday as part of his tour.

"We told our brothers that Turkey would be involved in any kind of efforts or activities to reach cease-fire, to lift the embargo, and to reach compromise inside Palestine," Erdogan told reporters in his return to Ankara in the first minutes of 2009.

"They welcomed our active participation in this process," Erdogan said.

Asked if Turkey would exert any efforts to settle problems between Al Fatah and Hamas, Erdogan said his special representative Ahmet Davutoglu had a meeting with Khaled Meshaal, a senior political leader of Hamas, in Syria.

Reminding that Egypt was the broker of talks between Fatah and Hamas, Erdogan said, "we told them that Turkey could step in as well if the Arab League or Egypt asks us to."

"We would do anything gladly to serve regional peace," he said.


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