Silence of Western countries on Gaza shameful: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan criticized the Western countries for remaining silent on the massacre in Palestine on Nov. 11 at the joint Arab-Islamic summit in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

"It is shameful that the Western countries, which always talk about human rights and freedoms, remain silent in the face of the ongoing massacres in Palestine," President Erdoğan remarked, addressing the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and Arab League Extraordinary Joint Summit.

"With today's meeting, we as the Islamic world show in a clear manner our solidarity with the Palestinian people," President Erdoğan stated, expressing his confidence that the summit will produce positive outcomes for both the Muslim world and the Palestinian people. "We will consolidate this solidarity message with the decisions we will take and implement."

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated Türkiye's call for an urgent ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war and uninterrupted humanitarian aid for the Palestinians stranded in Gaza during a summit that gathered all the Islamic countries together for the first time after the conflict sparked on Oct. 7.

"In the current phase, our first priority is the declaration of ceasefire and the uninterrupted delivery of humanitarian aid. What is urgently needed is not a few hour-long pauses but a permanent ceasefire," Erdoğan said in his address at the Extraordinary Joint Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League in Riyadh on Nov. 11.

In his speech, Erdoğan underlined that Türkiye will never refrain from providing every kind of support for Gaza's revival and reconstruction.

"It is important that we turn this crisis into an instrument of a permanent solution to the Palestinian...

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