Erdoğan calls on Israel to act in line with law and fundamental human values
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged Israeli security forces to avoid
using violence and act in line with international law and fundamental human
values on July 22.
Speaking to reporters at a news conference in Istanbul Atatürk Airport before heading to Saudi Arabia, Erdoğan said that the Muslim world will not remain silent amid ongoing violations at Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem.
Protests erupted in Jerusalem after the mosque's leadership spoke out against metal detectors that were installed following a gun attack on July 14 that left three Palestinians and two Israeli police officers dead.
The measures led to a wave of anger among Palestinians, who called for the immediate removal of the detectors. However, Israel has refused to back down, saying the detectors match security measures at other holy sites around the world.
The president also noted that his visit to the Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar, will focus on resolving the ongoing crisis.
"Nobody has any interest in prolonging this [Qatar] crisis anymore," Erdoğan told reporters, adding that Turkey supports immediate solution of the issue.
Erdoğan's first stop will be the Saudi port city of Jeddah, where he will meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud.
He will then depart for Kuwait and later Qatar to meet Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah and Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.
Relations among the Gulf countries will be on the agenda and the leaders are expected to exchange views on regional and international issues and present a solution to end regional tensions.
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar on June 5, citing several reasons.
Meanwhile, Erdoğan critisized Germany, saying that Germany did not extradite FETÖ (Fethulllahist Terrorist Organization) members despite their extradition agreement.
Relations sharply deteriorated after a court in Istanbul ordered six rights activists to remain in custody for allegedly aiding a “terror” group on July 18, with German citizen Peter Steudtner among them.
He also said nobody has right to interfere domestic affairs of Turkey.