Turkey: Cavusoglu and Guterres discuss Palestine

Turkey: Cavusoglu and Guterres discuss Palestine

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is in New York, attended a special session of the UN General Assembly on the situation in Israel on Thursday.

On the sidelines of the special session, Mevlut Cavusoglu met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to discuss international issues, including the Palestinian issue, the Turkish Foreign Minister said on his personal Twitter account.

“Discussed with UNSG Antonio Guterres global issues, particularly Palestine, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria.

-There should be a strong reaction from UN to deter Israel.

-If there is a hell on Earth it is the lives of children in Gaza today.” post on Twitter Mevlut Cavusoglu.

Speaking during a UN General Assembly session on the situation in Israel and Palestine, Cavusoglu said blame must be assigned “where it belongs.”

“Israel alone is responsible for what is happening today in Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza,” he said. “Repetition of such tragedies cannot be prevented unless and until Israel is held accountable for its crimes and its sense of impunity is put to an end.”

Earlier top diplomats of several Muslim countries gathered in New York on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s UN General Assembly’s special meeting on the situation in Palestine.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi hosted a working dinner, which was attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Palestine’s Foreign Minister Riad Al-Malki, Tunisia Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi, President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir and envoys of OIC countries in the UN, according to a statement by Pakistan mission to the UN.

Speaking on the occasion, Qureshi said the entire Muslim world is outraged over Israel’s use of indiscriminate and disproportionate force against innocent Palestinians.

“He [Qureshi] reiterated Pakistan’s strongest possible condemnation of Israel’s deliberate and systematic assault against Palestinian worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the month of Ramazan; violation of the sanctity of the holy sites; its policy of expansion of illegal settlements; as well as forced eviction of Palestinians, and demolition of their homes with impunity,” the statement read.

Qureshi also expressed gratitude to all OIC countries, who along with Pakistan, played a proactive role in convening the special meeting of the UN General Assembly.

“[I] hope that special meeting of the United Nations General Assembly will help send a strong message on behalf of the OIC to the international community to help end the Israeli aggression and to take concrete steps to find a solution to the Palestinian issue,” the Pakistani minister said./ibna