Erdoğan heads to Madrid for talks with Spanish leaders

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan departed for Madrid on June 12 for a two-day visit to engage with Spain's King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

On the first day of his visit, Erdoğan will meet with King Felipe VI. The following day, he will hold discussions with Sanchez, with a primary focus on the recent escalation of violence in Gaza.

Media reports said Erdoğan plans to express his appreciation for Spain's recent official recognition of Palestine as a state.

The agenda for Erdoğan's meeting with Sanchez includes discussions on establishing a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, facilitating humanitarian aid to the region, and addressing the ongoing genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice.

Both Türkiye and Spain have announced their decision to join the suit filed by South Africa at the U.N.'s top court.

In addition to the Gaza crisis, the leaders will explore broader global developments and bilateral relations. Erdoğan and Sanchez will co-chair the eighth intergovernmental summit between Türkiye and Spain, where several deals in trade, finance, culture and sports are expected to be signed.

Erdoğan is also slated to attend the opening of a business forum aimed at enhancing commercial cooperation between Turkish and Spanish enterprises. The forum will include panels on finance, green transformation, energy, infrastructure and transportation.

Following his visit to Spain, Erdoğan will travel to Italy to participate in the G-7 summit in Bari on June 14. There, he is expected to engage in bilateral meetings with other world leaders to further discuss the situation in Gaza and efforts to halt Israeli attacks.

The summit, hosted by Italian Prime Minister Georgia Meloni, will feature U.S...

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