Publish date20 Apr 2024 - 21:25
Story Code : 632462

Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands main cause of instability in Middle East: Turkish foreign minister

Türkiye’s Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on Saturday said Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories is one of the primary causes of instability in the Middle East region.
Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands main cause of instability in Middle East: Turkish foreign minister

“The occupation of Palestinian territories by Israel and the unconditional support of the West for this are one of the main reasons for the instability problem in the Middle East,” said Hakan Fidan during a joint news conference with his Egyptian counterpart Salem Shoukry in Istanbul.
Unless this is addressed, tensions in the region will continue to escalate, Fidan said, noting: "If this crisis is not resolved properly, if Palestinians are not given the state, independence, and sovereignty they deserve, such crises will continue to escalate in our region."
"Other countries shouldn't fall into the luxury of thinking that ‘these things will only happen in the Middle East, they won't affect us.' They shouldn't dismiss anything like that,” he added.
Fidan highlighted that during Türkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Cairo in February, the determination in this regard was expressed at the leadership level.
He also underlined the signing of a joint statement regarding the re-establishment of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council in Cairo.
Fidan said the Palestine issue may trigger global issues, adding: “Cooperation between Egypt and Türkiye is extremely beneficial for our peoples and region.”
Flouting the International Court of Justice’s provisional ruling, Israel continues its onslaught on the Gaza Strip where at least 34,049 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and children, and 76,901 injured since Oct. 7, according to Palestinian health authorities.
Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.
Hostilities have continued unabated, however, and aid deliveries remain woefully insufficient to address the humanitarian catastrophe.
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