Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday discussed ongoing Israel’s attacks on Palestine on phone.
According to a statement by Turkey’s Directorate of Communications, Erdogan told Rouhani that Turkey will continue to take a serious stand against Israeli strikes targeting Palestine.
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The global community, Erdogan said, should send Israel a strong message of deterrence in the face of reckless attacks.
The Turkish president also stressed that it a must for the Islamic world to adopt a uniform discourse and action against the Israeli attacks.
The two leaders also addressed bilateral relations during their conversation, the statement noted.
Çavuşoğlu: Time to show unity, determination on Palestine
It is time to show unity and determination on Palestine, and Turkey is ready to take any necessary step, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Çavuşoğlu at an extraordinary meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday.
At the virtual meeting to discuss Israel’s attacks on Palestine, Cavusoglu said that Israel also targeted members of the press and that half of those who lost their lives in Gaza were women and children.
At Emergency Meeting of @OIC_OCI Executive Committee, that convened upon Turkey’s call as well, emphasized that Israel is sole responsible for ongoing atrocity.
Will continue to resolutely lead all efforts at international level for protection of Palestinian brothers&sisters. pic.twitter.com/mEwBRqW7ID
— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) May 16, 2021
Cavusoglu said that the international community has a duty to protect Palestinian civilians, and the OIC has a great responsibility in this context.
He also touched on the importance of international protection mechanism for Palestinian civilians in line with a 2018 UN General Assembly resolution.
Stating that this mechanism can be established with the financial and military contributions of volunteer countries, Cavusoglu also stated that the Israeli political and military officials who have been found guilty of violating Palestinians’ rights should be held responsible.
He added that in this context, the International Criminal Court has a special role.
Stating that efforts to normalize ties with Israel have emboldened it, he added: “We should stand for justice and humanity. There should be no other considerations. This is time to show our unity and decisiveness. The ummah (Muslim community) expects our leadership and courage, and Turkey is ready to take whatever action is necessary.”/ibna