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During his meeting with the head of Hamas, Erdogan assured that Israel “will pay the price” for its actions in Gaza

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During his meeting with the head of Hamas, Erdogan assured that Israel “will pay the price” for its actions in Gaza

During his meeting with the head of Hamas, Erdogan warned that Israel “will pay the price” for its actions in Gaza

The president of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, met this Saturday in Istanbul with the political leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, Ismail Haniye, assured him of his support to achieve a truce in Gaza and called on the Palestinians to “unity” before Israel.

A statement released by the Turkish Presidency noted that in the meeting, which lasted more than two hours and took place in the Dolmabahçe palace on the banks of the Bosphorus, the parties addressed “issues related to Israel’s attacks against Palestinian lands, especially Gaza, and what needs to be done to ensure adequate and uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid and a just and lasting peace process in the disputed region.” The report also specified that Turkey has already sent 45,000 tons of these basic products to the region.

Likewise, Erdogan took the opportunity to issue a warning to Israel for its military offensive in the Gaza Strip, which he considers unacceptable. “Someday Israel will pay the price for the oppression it inflicts on the Palestinians,” he maintained.

And he added that Turkey “will continue to explain (Israel’s) massacres in Gaza before all forums” and will continue to ignore calls to declare Hamas a terrorist organization.

In that sense, the Turkish president considered that the ongoing war conflict can only end with the recognition of the “independent State of Palestine”, which will be “key to bringing permanent peace to the region” and for which he is using “all his efforts.”

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“It is vital that Palestinians act with unity in this process. The strongest response to Israel and the path to victory lies through unity and integrity,” Erdogan continued.

Hamas has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, while the Palestinian Authority partially administers the West Bank territory.

Erdogan added after receiving Haniyeh that Turkey “will maintain its delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestine, to alleviate as much as possible the suffering” of the population of Gaza.

Türkiye, an important actor in the area, has long expressed its closeness to the Hamas terrorist organization. Since 2011, he has hosted an office of the group in his territory and maintains ties with its senior leaders. This month, however, he went even further by ordering large-scale restrictions on exports to Israel as a sanction for its operations in Gaza while, in the wake of Iran’s recent attack, he advocated preventing the country from “gaining ground” on this front.

Also, after learning of Qatar’s willingness to reevaluate its role as a mediator between Hamas and Tel Aviv, Erdogan announced on Wednesday through his Foreign Minister that he is willing to play that role. “Even if only I, Tayyip Erdogan, remain, I will continue as long as God gives me my life, to defend the Palestinian struggle and be the voice of the oppressed Palestinian people,” he declared.

In any case, he has also been in favor of avoiding an escalation of tensions that could leave the Middle East involved in a larger war. As a result, at the end of his meeting with Haniye, Erdogan received the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Sameh Shukri, to discuss the development of events in the region.

“The cooperation between Egypt and Türkiye is extraordinarily useful for our people and the region. The Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands is the main cause of instability in the Middle East. We must put an end to it and establish the Two-State solution. If this is not done, the attacks in Yemen of yesterday, the tension between Iran and Israel today and any other conflict tomorrow will continue,” added Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan, close to these talks.

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(With information from AFP, EFE and Europa Press)

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