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Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Visits Gaza Strip in Support for the Besieged Palestinian People

Haniyya welcomes Erdogan visit to Gaza

[ 04/11/2012 - 11:39 AM ]

Palestinian premier in Gaza has welcomed the reported visit of Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the Gaza Strip.

Taher Al-Nunu, the government’s spokesman, said on his Facebook page on Sunday that Haneyya described the visit as an “extraordinary event” that would carry positive impact on the Palestinian people in Gaza and elsewhere.

Haniyya also appreciated Erdogan’s repeated calls for lifting the siege on Gaza.
Erdogan had told reporters that he was planning a visit to Gaza in the near future.

Turkish PM To Visit Gaza

Saturday November 03, 2012 12:22 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies

Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has announced that he intends to visit the Gaza Strip soon, to express solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Erdogan told the Today’s Zaman Turkish daily that he will be inviting Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, to accompany him to the coastal Palestinian territory of Gaza Strip, to end internal divisions between the rival Fat'h and Hamas movements.

As for Turkish-Israeli relations, Erdogan stated that lifting the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza is one of the Turkish demands to restore the Turkish-Israeli relations, and added that Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, sent letters through foreign diplomats in an attempt to mend the relations between the two countries.

Talking to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Erdogan stated that the crisis in the Turkish-Israeli relations, and the Palestinian-Israeli relations, are all related to Israeli violations against the Palestinian people, and Israel’s illegal siege on Gaza.

He said that the Turkish relations with Tel Aviv cannot be mended before Israel abides by three main conditions; lifting the siege on Gaza, apologizing to Turkey, and paying compensation to the families of the Turkish nationals who were killed by the Israeli army when Israeli soldiers pirated the MV Marara solidarity ship, that was heading to Gaza, In late May 2010, killing nine Turkish peace activists.

Erdogan will be the second senior leader to visit the Gaza Strip as, last week, the Prince of Qatar, Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, visited the Gaza coastal Palestinian territory to express solidarity with the Palestinian people, and to challenge Israel's illegal siege.

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