Relations with Israel will not weaken Turkey’s support for Palestine

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reiterated the call for a two-state solution during a press conference with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Erdogan says Turkey is continuing its longstanding solidarity with Palestine in the “strongest way”. (AA)

Recent moves to normalize Turkey’s relations with Israel will not weaken the country’s support for Palestine, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stressed.

“The steps taken in our relations with Israel will in no way diminish our support for the Palestinian cause,” Erdogan said at a joint press conference in the capital Ankara with his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday.

Abbas’ three-day visit comes as Turkey and Israel take steps to normalize relations, including last week’s decision to restore full diplomatic relations and reappoint ambassadors and consuls general after a four-day hiatus. year.

Erdogan said Turkey was continuing its longstanding solidarity with Palestine in the “strongest way”.

“Turkey, which recognized the Palestinian state as soon as it was proclaimed, champions the vision of a two-state solution on all platforms,” ​​he added.

Ankara rejects any action to change the status of Jerusalem or its Al Aqsa Mosque, Erdogan said, adding, “We have conveyed this to our Israeli counterparts.”

Palestine supports Türkiye’s efforts to normalize relations, he said, because Türkiye’s dialogue with Israel will give him a better chance to champion the Palestinian cause.

“Palestine always has a special place in Türkiye’s heart,” he said, adding that Ankara aims to further strengthen ties with Palestine and wishes for its well-being and development.

“I emphasize once again that the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital based on the 1967 borders and UN parameters is essential for the peace and stability of our entire region,” he said. Erdoğan.

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“Peaceful Popular Resistance”

For his part, Abbas hailed Türkiye’s support for the Palestinian people.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his stand alongside the Palestinian people and for his unwavering stance,” the Palestinian president said.

He insisted on adherence to “peaceful popular resistance” and the rejection of “violence and terrorism”.

“We seek full membership in the United Nations and demand that countries that believe in the two-state solution recognize the State of Palestine.”

He also praised Turkey for its role in helping Palestine become an observer state at the UN.

“A few years ago we got observer status at the United Nations, and the first credit goes to Turkey,” Abbas added.

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Source: AA

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