Turkey's Erdogan to start Mideast tour over Israeli violence in Gaza

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan would visit Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the government spokesman said on Monday.

Turkey's Erdogan to start Mideast tour over Israeli violence in Gaza

The prime minister of Turkey will travel to the Middle East this week.

Turkey's Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan would visit Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, the government spokesman said on Monday.

"Erdogan will pay a visit to Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and Thursday regarding the developments in Gaza," State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Cicek, who is also the government spokesman, said after the cabinet meeting in the Turkish capital of Ankara.

More than 300 people have been killed and about 1,000 others have been injured since December 27 when Israeli jets began pounding Gaza.

Cicek expressed Turkey's sorrow over recent incidents in Gaza and defined them as developments that the entire world should pay attention to.

The government spokesman said that Turkey had done everything in its power to restore peace and order in the region, and would continue to do so.

"Ensuring regional peace and order is for the best interests of not only the regional countries but also the entire humanity," Cicek said.

Cicek said that recent developments and use of disproportional force had overshadowed and hampered efforts for peace.

The minister said that Turkey would go on sending humanitarian aid to the region, and Turkey was backing signature of a cease-fire as soon as possible.

"Channels of dialogue should not be closed, and every one is in an effort of thinking calmly and finding a peaceful solution to problems to prevent the current dispute from becoming deeper," he said.

Cicek said that Turkey not only wanted to continue consultations with not only four regional countries but also with other countries and every one to see what could be done to ease the tension.


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