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Raisi, Erdogan meet in Ankara for Gaza talks

January 24, 2024 at 6:46 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi (L) hold a joint press conference after signing ceremony of ten agreements held following the 8th Meeting of the Turkiye-Iran High-Level Cooperation Council in Ankara, Turkiye on January 24, 2024 [Doğukan Keskinkılıç/Anadolu Agency]

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday, welcomed Iranian President, Ebrahim Raisi, in Turkiye with an official ceremony for a one-day visit as the war in Gaza, Anadolu Agency reports.

According to the report, Raisi and Erdogan met in the capital, Ankara, for talks focused on the regional repercussions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as steps to further deepen Turkish-Iranian ties, according to diplomatic sources.

The visit comes amid growing fears about the regional repercussions of the war in Gaza, which Israel launched in reprisal for the unprecedented 7 October attacks launched by Hamas, the report says.

In response, Israel has carried out a relentless offensive that has killed at least 25,490 people in Gaza, around 70 per cent of them women, children and adolescents.

Raisi vowed on Monday that Israel “will certainly pay” for the killing in Syria of a senior General with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

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