Turkish President Abdullah Gul has said, "I believe that U.S. president-elect Barack Obama should give priority to contribute to the cease-fire process in Gaza. Because, the United States' involvement in a determined and fair way will resolve the problem in the long-term."
President Gul told reporters at Ankara's Esenboga Airport after attending an international meeting on the Gaza Strip in the Egyptian resort of Sharm-el-Sheikh, "separate declaration of cease-fire by Israel and Hamas led to a cautious optimism. All participating countries at today's meeting expressed their appreciation with Turkey's contribution to the process."
"Turkish diplomats pursued a shuttle diplomacy among Cairo, Damascus and Tel Aviv to contribute to the cease-fire, and made a valuable contribution to the cease-fire in the region. Now, we must ensure that the cease-fire is mutual and durable and that Israel completely withdraws from Gaza. Israeli troops should pull out, the blockade should be lifted and Gaza should be rebuilt for the cease-fire to be durable. One of the most important things is to find a solution to the separation among Palestinians," he said.
When asked about news reports claiming that "Turkey was not invited to the official dinner hosted by Israel" after the meeting in Sharm-el-Sheikh, President Gul said, "these are baseless stories. The United States and Israel reached a compromise last week to ensure control over tunnels and passages leading from Egypt to Israel. The United States undertook the control. And some European countries expressed their readiness to assist the United States to ensure that control. They went to Israel to renew their support to the process. It has nothing to do with us."
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