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Muslims must be in full solidarity on the issue of Al-Quds: Erdogan

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(Istanbul-AlummahWorld-Dhu-AlHijjah 02,1438H) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: “On the occasion of this visit to Jordan, we will have the opportunity to discuss with King Abdullah II the developments in Syria and Iraq. We will also address the latest situation in al-Quds and Haram al-Sharif, which are of great importance to the entire Islamic world. I would especially like to note that we attach importance to Jordan’s role in the protection of sacred sites in al-Quds.”

President Erdogan answered reporters’ questions at Istanbul Ataturk Airport before his departure for Amman, Jordan’s capital.

Stating that the steps for further improving Turkey-Jordan relations will be discussed during the visit, which is the first visit at the presidential level in four years, President Erdogan emphasized the special importance of the visit in that it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Drawing attention to the great momentum achieved in relations since 2016, President Erdogan reminded that the Prime Minister of Jordan had paid a visit to Turkey in March of this year after Turkish Prime Minister’s visit to Jordan last year.

“JORDAN GAVE SIGNIFICANT SUPPORT TO TURKEY’S FIGHT AGAINST FETO” 

“Having immediately shut down the only FETO-affiliated school and having deported its staff, Jordan gave a significant support to Turkey’s fight against FETO,” President Erdogan underlined, adding that his visit to Jordan would provide an important opportunity for him to thank King Abdullah II and Jordanian authorities for this support of theirs.

Pointing to the documents signed in the past five or six years to further consolidate the infrastructure of bilateral trade relations between Jordan and Turkey, President Erdogan underscored that the trade volume between the two countries, however, has recently fallen from 1 billion dollars to 816 million dollars, and that they have been working in a bid to boost it.

“In this period of five or six years, we have signed such agreements as mutual incentive and protection of investments and mutual exemption of visas,” President Erdogan said, and added: “We will hopefully have an opportunity during this visit to further increase our trade volume.”

“MUSLIMS MUST BE IN FULL SOLIDARITY ON THE ISSUE OF AL-QUDS”

President Erdogan stressed that Turkey and Jordan are two countries that are directly affected by regional crises, and continued: “Just like Turkey, Jordan is also hosting a large number of Syrian refugees at the moment. We are home to about 3 million Syrian refugees, and Jordan, similarly, is home to nearly 1 million Syrian refugees. We attach great importance to the territorial integrity of Syria and Iraq, our neighbors. I know well that Jordan, too, is closely following the developments on this issue and sharing our concerns. On the occasion of this visit, we will have the opportunity to discuss with King Abdullah II the developments in Syria and Iraq. We will also address the latest situation in al-Quds and Haram al-Sharif, which are of great importance to the entire Islamic world. I would especially like to note that we attach importance to Jordan’s role in the protection of sacred sites in al-Quds.”

Underscoring that Turkey and Jordan have achieved a significant dialogue and coordination regarding the crisis in Haram al-Sharif, and that they never want the repetition of similar abuses, attacks and rights violations, President Erdogan said: “To this end, Muslims must be in full solidarity on the issue of al-Quds. As we have always stated, we know that there is mercy in unity and wrath in division. The biggest resource of the circles which feed off blood and tears in our region is the division and conflicts among Muslims.”

On his visit to Jordan, President Erdogan is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Çavuşoglu, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak, Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communications Ahmet Arslan, and Undersecretary of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) Hakan Fidan.