Turkish FM reaffirms solidarity with Palestine – Middle East Monitor

Turkiye’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Friday reaffirmed Turkiye’s continued solidarity with Palestine, reports Anadolu agency.

In a phone call, Cavusoglu told Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Maliki that Turkiye places great importance on preserving the sanctity and status of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem.

Stressing Turkiye’s continued solidarity with Palestine, Cavusoglu also expressed his country’s readiness to do whatever is necessary to de-escalate tensions.

For his part, Malki conveyed gratitude for Turkiye’s support.

On Wednesday, Israeli police said they detained 350 Palestinians from the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex, with witnesses saying they used excessive force, including tear gas.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. It annexed the entire city in 1980, a move never recognized by the international community.

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