ISTANBUL: Turkey has said that any steps taken to normalize relations with Israel will be taken but not at the expense of the Palestinian cause.
According to the reports of Turkish news agency TRT World, Turkey’s Foreign Minister (FM) Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said, “We will not take any steps regarding our relations with Israel at the expense of the Palestinian cause, as done by other countries. We will not give up our support for the Palestinians in our relations with Israel”.
Our position on the Palestinian issue has always been clear, we are a country that has made its position clear from the beginning, as you have seen in the last four to five years, he added.
The Turkish FM said that the normalization of relations between Ankara and Tel Aviv could enhance Turkey’s role in the two-state solution. However, Turkey will not give up its position, “including our basic principles and the two-state solution”. He said that if a special dialogue is to be opened, then both parties would like to take action accordingly.
It is pertinent to note that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently said that the first diplomatic visit of Israeli President Isaac Herzog would open a new chapter in relations between the two countries. He said that the Ankara government is fully ready to cooperate with Tel Aviv (Israel) in various fields, especially in the natural gas trade.
It is also pertinent to note that Turkey recognized Israel as a state in March 1949, becoming the first Islamic country to speak out in defense of the Jewish state’s sovereignty and integrity. Although the history of good bilateral ties between the two is old, diplomatic relations have been strained since Erdogan came into power.
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