Jakarta, 17 Jumadil Akhir 1434/26 April 2013 (MINA) – The Director of Middle East Monitor (MEMO) in London, Daud Abdullah stated that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s planned visit to Gaza Strip, Palestine on May is an affirmation of his country to support the struggle of Palestinians against Israeli occupation.
“The visit by Prime Minister Erdogan is welcomed as a challenge to the Israeli attempts to isolate Gaza politically and diplomatically. It is an affirmation of support for the people of Gaza who are still under siege,” Abdullah told Mi’raj News Agency (MINA) reporter in a written interview, Thursday (25/4).
Abdullah also said that for Turkish government, it will be a part of the efforts to get closer to the freedom movements in Middle East. So that the position of Turkey in the region is getting stronger.
“For Turkey, it further strengthens its role in the region. After the demise of the dictatorships there are new alignments that been formed of which Turkey will be a part, economically as well as politically, especially as it is close to the resurgent Islamic movements in the region,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said that Erdogan’s commitment to visit Gaza is a proof of the end American intervention.
In a statement released from Doha, Haniyeh said he welcomed Erdogan’s visit to Gaza. ” We appreciate the attitude of the leaders and people of Turkey for their support to the Palestinian struggle,” said Haniyeh from Doha, Qatar, on Sunday (21/4).
Previously, the U.S state secretary, John Kerry urged Erdogan to cancel his visit to Gaza. Kerry stated the visit will endanger peace process between Israel and Palestinians.
“We recommend that Erdogan canceled his visit to Gaza”, said Kerry in the Foreign Ministers meeting supporting Syrian opposition in Istanbul.
However, Erdogan insisted that he will not change his plans to visit Gaza. Although Kerry asked him to postpone the visit. (L/P04/P02/E1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)