Lasting peace in the Middle East hinges on a definitive resolution to the Palestine-Israel issue, said Türkiye’s President.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Mor Efrem Syriac Ancient Orthodox Church in Istanbul’s Yeşilköy, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that the imperative creation of an independent, territorially contiguous Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital is an urgent necessity that cannot be delayed any further.
“We underscore the importance of avoiding any actions that could heighten tensions in the region, result in more violence, and exacerbate existing challenges,” he said.
Ankara is engaging with neighboring nations to seek a resolution to the renewed conflict ignited by a Hamas attack.
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan held phone calls with his several counterparts from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Palestine, and Egypt after the attack.
He also discussed the situation with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a separate call.
Erdoğan emphasized that Türkiye stands prepared to make every effort to swiftly halt the conflict and de-escalate the heightened tension resulting from recent events.
“We are resolute in our commitment to further elevate the ongoing diplomatic initiatives aimed at reinstating peace,” added the president.
The Palestinian problem lies at the heart of the challenges in the region, and unless this issue is resolved fairly, the region will continue to yearn for peace, according to Erdoğan.
Breaking News Turkey with AA