Addressing Arab League summit in Libya, Erdogan urges resolution of Palestinian issue
Speaking at an Arab League summit meeting in Sitre, Libya over the weekend, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the Palestinian issue is the most important problem in the region and that it cries out for an immediate solution. Stating that Turks and Arabs share not only a common geography but also a common culture, civilization and beliefs, Erdogan said that all problems in the region can be overcome through sound cooperation. Turkey places great importance on the Arab League and is pleased with the group's influence in both regional issues and global politics, Erdogan said. "Turkey is ready to cooperate with the Arab League in any area. It will do whatever it can," he said. On Palestine, Erdogan said the international community faces tough new tests to revive the peace process there. "Jerusalem carries great importance for the whole region and the Islamic world. Israel's attacks on Jerusalem and its holy sites are unacceptable," he said. Erdogan also said Israel's blockade of the Gaza strip is causing a humanitarian tragedy to unfold before the eyes of the international community. "Five thousand families in Gaza are living in tents. Humanity should raise its voice against this situation," he said, urging an immediate end to the Israeli blockade. The international community should do whatever is necessary to normalize conditions in the region, he also urged. Turkey sees solving the Palestinian issue as key to achieving peace and stability in the region, he stressed.