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Erdogan call on Israel to act in accordance with the law and conventional practices

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(Ankara-AlummahWorld-Dhu-AlQa'dah 03,1438H) Having returned home from his Gulf tour to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a press conference at Ankara Esenboga Airport. President Erdogan, regarding the developments at Al Aqsa Mosque, said: “I, as term president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation which was established to protect Quds, call on Israel once again to act in accordance with the law, conventional practices and humanitarian values.”

“Netanyahu`s remarks are unacceptable”

Regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks validating Israeli police’s treatment toward Palestinians, President Erdogan said: “There is no acceptable side to Netanyahu’s remarks.” “The said treatment is against the universal law, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom of religion and any such international declaration and document.”

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Recalling the Israeli police’s armed and harsh treatment toward people going to pray that resulted in martyrs and hundreds of wounded, President Erdogan said: “How would they react if Jews in different countries were treated like that? Look, we have been taking all kinds of measures to ensure such incidents do not take place in our country. To those, who want to retaliate, we say ‘what you are doing is wrong, we cannot allow that’. To our Police Force, we say ‘take the necessary measures and do not allow it’. Why? Because, it is important for us to protect houses of prayer. Unfortunately, we have been seeing similar incidents in various places in the West that set off each other, in other words, attacks on Muslims’ houses of prayer. However, the Haram al-Sharif is very different. It was the first Qibla of Muslims across the world. We all have a responsibility for that place. And what is required by that responsibility is being done. It will be brought up at the UN and UNSC. Now, September nears and it will be brought up in September. Israel is heading in the wrong direction with the steps it has taken and let me say it very clearly it is heading towards isolation.”

Having returned home from his Gulf tour to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a press conference at Ankara Esenboga Airport.

Describing his visit during a very critical period as “very successful”, President Erdogan said: “We and our interlocutors discussed bilateral relations and regional problems. We also discussed the Qatar crisis, and what we could do to resolve the issue and how Turkey could contribute.”

“Surely, destroying is easy but rebuilding what is destroyed is always very difficult. It takes more time and effort in relations between states,” the President said, voicing his belief that his visits and meetings are a significant step toward rebuilding stability and climate of mutual trust.

“During my visits, another topic on our agenda in addition to the Qatar crisis was our bilateral relations. In Saudi Arabia, the first leg of my Gulf tour, I and King Salman bin Abdulaziz discussed our bilateral relations in political, economic, commercial, military, cultural and other spheres. We assessed and agreed on the continuation of the strong acceleration in the relations between our two countries,” President Erdogan said.

Stating that he told King Salman he had great expectations from him in resolving the crisis, President Erdoğan said: “During my meeting with Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman, we discussed how to deepen the current cooperation in regional matters, the economic aspect of our bilateral relations and potential steps to take in defense industry.”

“In Kuwait, I and Kuwait Amir Sheikh Sabah discussed bilateral and regional matters, and opportunities to enhance economic and commercial cooperation, trade, investments, construction, energy, tourism in particular,” President Erdoğan said, and added: “I once again told my brother Sheikh Sabah that we supported Kuwait’s mediation efforts in the Qatar crisis and we were prepared to contribute.” 

Underscoring that his meeting with Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani was very productive, President Erdogan said: “We voiced our appreciation and pleasure over the High-Level Strategic Committee, we had established at leaders’ lever. We reaffirmed our will to continue the dialogue and cooperation between us. I told Emir Sheikh Tamim that we welcomed with appreciation the calm attitude they exhibited during the crisis. I once again would like to underline that Qatar’s sovereign rights as a country must be protected.”

“During the talks, we also had a chance to discuss regional matters. We have underscored the importance of finding solutions to the problems in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen and Palestine on the basis of international legitimacy and preserving countries’ territorial integrity,” the President said.

“We have expressed that the restrictions, the Israeli administration imposes on the Al Aqsa Mosque, are unacceptable. These steps that disregard Muslims’ right to worship and violate the sanctity of the Al Aqsa Mosque further escalates the tension. Equating Muslims, who come for worship, with terrorists is a grave eclipse of reason. Israel harms not only itself but the entire region with its disregard for the rule of law. The Al Aqsa Mosque is the apple of all Muslims’ eyes. We cannot be silent and unresponsive to our sacred values being trampled on. We hope that reason will triumph as soon as possible in the Israeli administration,” President Erdogan said.

“I, as term president of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation which was established to protect Quds, call on Israel once again to act in accordance with the law, conventional practices and humanitarian values,” President Erdogan said, underscoring that they do not excuse violence no matter where it comes from.

President Erdogan also answered reporters’ questions. In answer to a question about his impression in Saudi Arabia, and whether a solution was near and also whether Turkey’s base in Qatar was brought up during his Gulf tour, President Erdogan said: “The base was not brought up neither in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait. It is only natural that it was brought up in Qatar. We had a chance to discuss what we could do there. And also, Qatar’s recent positive attitude is praise-worthy.

During our talks in Saudi Arabia, we have expressed very clearly our hopes and expectations to both King Salman, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, and to the Crown Prince. Our most important expectation here is that the unity and solidarity in the Islamic world be permanent and enduring, such divisions and reciprocal threats be not allowed, and we stand together against developments that pose a threat to the territorial integrity of Iraq and Syria. We discussed them with Saudi Arabia. And we will surely follow up our expectations. Regarding our bilateral relations, we have connections with Saudi Arabia mainly in the areas of defense industry and economy. We had a chance to discuss them.”