Erdogan calls for pressure on US to stop Israel’s offensive

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan requires strain on the US to cease Israel’s offensive in Gaza (Adem ALTAN)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday known as for strain on the US to cease Israel’s offensive in Gaza, however mentioned there can be no settlement except Washington accepted the enclave as Palestinian land.

Erdogan returned from a summit on Saturday of Arab and Muslim leaders within the Saudi capital Riyadh, which condemned Israeli forces’ “barbaric actions” in Gaza with out approving concrete punitive measures.

He is because of go to Germany on Friday and plans to journey to Egypt and host Iran’s president within the coming weeks.

“We must always maintain talks with Egypt and the Gulf nations, and strain the US,” Erdogan instructed Turkish reporters on board his return flight from Riyadh.

“The US ought to enhance its strain on Israel. The West ought to enhance strain on Israel… It is vital for us to safe a ceasefire,” he mentioned.

Erdogan, who was on a visit to a northeastern Turkish village when US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was in Ankara on November 5, didn’t rule out a gathering with President Joe Biden.

“An important nation that must be concerned is the US, which has affect on Israel,” Erdogan mentioned.

However he mentioned he wouldn’t name Biden.

Blinken “has simply been right here (in Turkey). I assume Biden will host us to any extent further. It might not be appropriate for me to name Biden,” he mentioned.

Erdogan mentioned the US should settle for Gaza as Palestinian land.

“We can not agree with Biden if he approaches (the battle) by seeing Gaza because the land of occupying settlers or Israel, reasonably than the land of the Palestinian folks,” he mentioned.

Turkey has been an more and more vocal critic of Israel’s offensive in Gaza, which was triggered after Hamas militants staged an October 7 assault into Israel which killed round 1,200 folks, principally civilians, in response to the latest Israeli figures.

Israel’s relentless marketing campaign in response has killed greater than 11,000 folks, additionally principally civilians, in response to the most recent figures from the well being ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.

In one other speech in Istanbul on Sunday, Erdogan vented fury at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in feedback broadcast dwell on Turkish tv.

“Hey Netanyahu, these are your good days, extra totally different days are awaiting you… Netanyahu it is best to know that you simply’re leaving,” Erdogan mentioned, after beforehand labelling the Israeli chief “now not somebody we are able to speak to”.

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Erdogan will meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz subsequent week.

Turkey is technically a candidate for eventual EU membership and, even when this appears a distant prospect, Erdogan’s portrayal of Hamas militants as “liberators” — which differs sharply from the bloc’s — has precipitated unease.

It additionally stands in stark distinction to the place taken by Berlin, the EU’s most populous member.

In its annual report on candidate nations’ progress printed this week, the EU mentioned Turkey’s “rhetoric in assist of terrorist group Hamas following its assaults towards Israel… is in full disagreement with the EU strategy.”

“The European Union thinks precisely the identical as Israel concerning Hamas,” Erdogan mentioned on the aircraft.

“I see Hamas as a political celebration that received the elections in Palestine. I do not have a look at it the identical approach they do,” he added.

Erdogan repeated his name for a world convention to resolve the battle.

“Nothing can serve peace greater than a gathering of all regional actors together with warring sides,” he mentioned.

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