Türkiye seeks solutions to Israel-Iran tensions, Gaza crisis

Türkiye has engaged in diplomatic efforts aimed at finding a resolution to the escalating tensions between Israel and Iran, as well as addressing the ongoing crisis in Gaza, with high-level meetings held between Turkish and U.S. intelligence and foreign ministers.

National Intelligence Agency (MİT) head İbrahim Kalın held discussions with CIA chief William Burns, focusing on ceasefire negotiations in Gaza. The conversation, which took place during the recent Eid al-Fitr preceded Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel on April 13, which prompted concerns about further escalation in the region.

Following the meeting with his U.S. counterpart, Kalın also communicated with Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh on April 14, underlining the need for dialogue and de-escalation.

Security sources revealed that during the call, discussions centered on Gaza ceasefire negotiations, humanitarian aid delivery to the region and the possibility of a hostage exchange.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan conveyed Türkiye's concerns to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, emphasizing the pivotal role of a ceasefire in resolving the Israel-Iran tensions.

Sources disclosed that Fidan highlighted Türkiye's apprehensions regarding the potential escalation of the crisis and emphasized the importance of sending clear messages to prevent further tension.

The Turkish top diplomat reiterated Türkiye's longstanding warning that the conflict in Gaza poses a significant risk of evolving into a regional conflict, urging influential countries to play a constructive role in de-escalation efforts.

The discussions come in the wake of an Iranian attack on Israel, involving over 300 launches, including drones, cruise missiles and ballistic...

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