Turkey's Erdogan: he wishes Israel would 'abide' ceasefire

PM Erdogan said his government had three red lines, and said it was against ethnic, regional and religious nationalism.

Turkey's Erdogan: he wishes Israel would 'abide' ceasefire

The Turkish prime minister has urged Israel to withdraw from Gaza.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Israel should withdraw from Gaza.

"Israeli troops should withdraw from Gaza rapidly," Erdogan said during a meeting with Turkish citizens in Belgium.

Erdogan reiterated that Turkey would continue supporting and assisting the Gazan victims, and said it was impossible to remain indifferent and silent to agonies of people of Gaza.

The Turkish prime minister expressed his wish that Israel would abide by the cease-fire.

On Turkey's European Union (EU) membership bid, Erdogan said that every country, holding the rotating presidency of the union, launched entry talks with Turkey on only two chapters.

"This has become routine," he said and also said that Turkey wanted to change it by launching full membership talks on three or more chapters during the presidency of the Czech Republic that would end on July 1.

Erdogan said his government had three red lines, and said it was against ethnic, regional and religious nationalism.

The Turkish prime minister said that there were Turkish citizens of different ethnic origins, and his government would not prefer one to the other but respect all of them.

"We have a super-identity, which is the citizenship of the Republic of Turkey and it unites us," he said.

Erdogan said that the government would assure every Turkish citizen of different religion to fulfil their religious beliefs and obligations freely and under the guarantee of the state.

The Turkish prime minister said that the state-run TRT channel had launched broadcasting in Kurdish, and also said that it would start broadcasting in Persian and Arabic some time later.


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