Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Ankara on Tuesday at the start of a two-day visit. The two leaders discussed the current developments in Palestine and Syria. Several ministers from both countries were in attendance during the meeting.
Stressing the importance of good relations in the region, and opportunities to exchange ideas, President Gul said that he was happy to welcome King Abdullah to the Turkish capital for the second time; the king was last there in 2009. The crisis of Syrian refugees in both countries was on their agenda.
“The Syrian refugees have to return to their homeland,” insisted King Abdullah. He also called for the international community to offer more humanitarian aid to the refugees in Turkey and Jordan.
According to the Jordanian monarch, the governments in Ankara and Amman have pledged to do their best for a “just and lasting” solution to the “main issue” in the region, that of Palestine.
Speaking at a joint press conference, the king mentioned the increasing suffering of the Palestinians in Jerusalem. He pointed out that their suffering is due to an increase in Israeli settlement activity and continuous Israeli harassment, from occupation forces as well as illegal settlers.