Much of May-Erdogan presser in London about Gaza, democratic values

Casey Dawson
May 17, 2018

Erdogan will on Friday host an emergency summit meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul which he has said will send a "strong message to the world" on the issue.

Foreign Ministry Head of Protocol Meron Reuben told Türkoğlu that he was "requested to return to his country for consultation for a certain period of time", Nahshon said.

Thousands of Palestinians had gathered on Gaza Strip's eastern border on Monday to take part in protests aimed to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest the relocation of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Addressing the Commons over the growing crisis in Gaza, the Foreign Secretary insisted the United Kingdom remains committed to a two-state Israel-Palestine solution, with Jerusalem as the shared capital.

Earlier in the day, Israel expelled Turkey's consul in Jerusalem amid an increasingly acerbic war of words between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu meanwhile told Erdogan that as a leading supporter of Palestinian group Hamas "there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter".

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The leaders discussed "the mass protest actions on Palestinian territories" and expressed "serious concern over the deaths of a large number of participants", the Kremlin said in a statement. At the very least 55 Palestinians have been killed in clashes alongside the Gaza-Israeli border, and a few 2,700 injured.

"The dispute appears to mark the worst diplomatic crisis between the two regional powers since Israeli marines stormed an aid ship to enforce a naval blockade of Gaza in 2010, killing 10 Turkish activists and prompting a downgrade in diplomatic ties that lasted until 2016".

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Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Şimşek and Finance Minister Naci Ağbal are also taking part in the meeting. One of the reasons - the Grand opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on may 14, held as a result of the decision of the us President Donald trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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