Erdoğan calls for global support for Gaza peace
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has declared Türkiye's active pursuit of international support to bring a swift resolution to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
"The effort to halt the loss of life, to comfort terrified children and to alleviate their suffering is not the end goal but the initial step toward a solution," Erdoğan told a group of journalists on his return from Uzbekistan on Nov. 9.
Türkiye is engaging with international platforms, utilizing diplomatic channels to their fullest extent to secure a ceasefire, Erdoğan said, outlining efforts for a fair, just and lasting solution, while seeking to generate international public opinion in favor of this resolution.
"We are meticulously planning post-ceasefire steps, developing formulas for a grounded and sustainable peace," he emphasized.
Erdoğan also stressed the importance of post-war cleanup, acknowledging that extensive work would be required in removing rubble. "We are receiving positive signals in our diplomatic efforts [in this direction]," he added.
'Riyadh summit crucial'
The president also underscored the significance of the upcoming Organization of Islamic Cooperation summit in the Saudi capital Riyadh, scheduled for the weekend. "We will gather there to discuss the issue in detail and negotiate to ensure a humanitarian ceasefire is established as soon as possible," he stated.
Calling for a strategic and effective approach, Erdoğan cautioned against "uncoordinated actions that could harm the Palestinian cause." He emphasized the regional connection, stating, "We are the people of this region. We cannot put forward impulsive and populist policies like those that come from outside. Every pain here hurts us."