Turkey's Erdogan reiterates Gaza support in Davos

Turkish PM Erdogan has said "we assumed a different attitude about Gaza conflict and will continue to advocate the same thing today."

Turkey's Erdogan reiterates Gaza support in Davos

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, "we assumed a different attitude about Gaza conflict. I am a prime minister who declared anti-semitism as a crime against humanity. I continue to advocate the same thing today."

Speaking at a session "the Great Game Revisited" on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "special envoys carried out the first four rounds of talks under the Israeli-Syrian indirect talks process. We, prime ministers, joined our special envoys at the fifth round. During the talks, we expressed our readiness to fulfil any duty to improve Hamas-Israel relations. They told us that they would inform us, but started bombing Gaza the next day. We considered it a disrespect against us."

"Turkey also contributed to Israeli-Palestinian talks process. We are determined to maintain our contributions to the Middle East peace process in the future," he said, Anadolu agency reported.

"We assumed a different attitude about Gaza conflict. I am a prime minister who declared anti-semitism as a crime against humanity. I continue to advocate the same thing today. But I condemned the Israeli government for what they did in Gaza. I also condemned the international community's lack of sentiment towards Gaza. All countries took immediate action during the Georgian conflict. But they failed to intervene in Gaza, and waited for nearly three weeks instead. More than 1,200 civilians died and about 5 thousand were injured. Now, a truce was declared. We hope that the parties will maintain it in an effort to ensure peace in the Middle East," Prime Minister Erdogan added.

President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, Foreign Minister Manuchehr Motaki of Iran and Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian of Armenia were also in attendance at the session.

Israel killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling some 476 million dollars, according to Palestinian medics and officials.


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