Turkish President Abdullah Gul Sunday said Israel must withdraw from Gaza completely, saying that Israel's declaration of one-sided cease-fire is a "positive first step".
Speaking to reporters prior to his departure from Ankara's Esenboga International Airport for Sharm el-Sheikh, where a multi-national meeting on Gaza would take place, President Gul said that "now, the cease-fire must be mutual and permanent".
"We must try to make the Israelis withdraw from Gaza completely," Gul said.
The Sharm el-Sheikh meeting would be attended by the leaders of regional countries and the European Union (EU), Gul noted.
Another priority would be to end the human tragedy in Gaza, Gul said.
Still another duty would be to re-construct Gaza and its schools and hospitals, Gul said.
We must make efforts to find a just and permanent solution to the Palestinian issue, Gul said.
Israel on Saturday announces "unilateral ceasefire", but said would not withdraw its troops from Gaza.
The unilateral truce allows Israel to avoid agreeing concessions with the Palestinian group, such as easing the 18-month-old blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has prevented medical aid and basic supplies from reaching the Palestinians.
Asked about probability of deployment of Turkish troops to the region to contribute to peace in the long-term, Gul said it was out of question at the moment.
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