Erdogan to Pope Francis: Humanity not to allow further violations of humanitarian law in Gaza

An independent, sovereign and geographically integrated Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, should take its place in the global system as an equal member of the international community, the Turkish president said.

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Erdogan, Photo: Reuters
Erdogan, Photo: Reuters
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a letter to the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, stated that humanity should no longer allow violations of international and humanitarian law in Gaza.

In a letter about Palestine, Erdogan expressed satisfaction with the gradual acceleration of relations between Turkey and the Vatican, he stated that Ankara, with the motto of humanitarian diplomacy, has supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine since 2014, when the illegal annexation of Crimea took place, and that it has been and continues to be at the head of the defense of the right to life and the just struggle of innocent Palestinian civilians, reports the Anadolu Agency.

"Humanity, aware that killing is forbidden by all Abrahamic religions, should no longer allow violations of international law and international humanitarian law in Gaza. It should raise its voice against the deliberate bombing of hospitals, schools, mosques and churches, which must not be touched even at war. It is not possible to establish lasting peace and stability in the Middle East without a just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli issue," he stated, adding that an independent, sovereign and geographically integrated Palestinian state, with East Jerusalem as its capital, should take its place in global system as an equal member of the international community.

He pointed out that Turkey has become the second largest aid provider to Gaza with nearly 45 tons of humanitarian supplies sent since October 7 and that they continue to treat 429 patients and injured from Gaza.

Erdogan also mentioned examples of anti-Islamism, racism and xenophobia.

"Our world needs an inclusive and rational policy, as well as actors who can establish dialogue with all parties in all circumstances. We need it more than ever before in history. Within this understanding, we are determined to further develop our dialogue and cooperation with Vatican in order to spread the culture of peaceful coexistence and mutual understanding, based on our common human values ​​and our goal to serve world peace," Erdogan said.

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