Turkish parliament to discuss Israeli massacre in Gaza on Tuesday

The spokesman for the Turkish government said on Monday that the Israeli attacks against Gaza would be discussed by the Turkish parliament on Tuesday.

Turkish parliament to discuss Israeli massacre in Gaza on Tuesday

Delivering a statement after the Council of Ministers meeting held in capital Ankara, Turkish State Minister and Government Spokesman Cemil Cicek said that Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent activities and talks regarding the developments in Gaza were assessed during today's meeting.

Noting that Turkey's intervention in the ongoing conflict had a humanistic aspect, Cicek said that Turkey was interested in the process as it was a country of the region as well.

"Every negative development in our region affects the regional stability and the world peace. Therefore, Turkey, which successfully carries out relations with all the countries in the region, feels itself responsible for the immediate termination of this tragedy," Cicek said.

Cicek also said that the crisis got deeper as Israel extended its air strike against Gaza and launched a ground operation.

Noting that Turkey carried on with its diplomatic efforts on the issue, Cicek said that Premier Erdogan recently paid visits to Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, moreover, he held phone-talks with world leaders in order to inform them about Turkey's stance and opinion regarding the developments.

Cicek also said that Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan recently met with his Saudi Arabian, Egyptian and Syrian counterparts, while President Abdullah Gul had phone conversations with the Iranian and Israeli presidents on the issue.

"We want this issue to be discussed in the Turkish parliament as well. Therefore, the government will bring the issue to the agenda of the parliament tomorrow (on Tuesday)," Cicek said.

Commenting also on the annulment of the Council of Ministers decision that stripped prominent Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet of his citizenship, Cicek said that a new decision that would restore Hikmet's citizenship was put to signature on Monday.

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