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Turkiye, UAE Presidents discuss 'genocidal policies' in Gaza as part of G7 leaders’ summit in Italy

June 14, 2024 at 3:54 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) chats with president of UAE, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (R) during the 50th G7 summit in Apulia, region of Italy on June 14, 2024. [TUR Presidency/ Murat Kamaci – Anadolu Agency]

The Turkish President met with his UAE counterpart in Italy as part of the G7 leaders’ summit on Friday, according to Turkiye’s Communications Directorate, Anadolu Agency reports.

During the meeting, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed Turkiye-UAE relations, as well as regional and global issues.

Erdogan underlined that it is important for the Islamic world to oppose in unity the genocidal policies implemented by Israel in the Palestinian Territories.

The establishment of an immediate and permanent ceasefire in the war-torn Gaza Strip and the easy delivery of aid for humanitarian needs dispatched to the region for the Palestinians must be considered the primary agenda items, Erdogan noted, adding that efforts must be made in this regard.

Israel has faced international condemnation amid its continued brutal offensive on Gaza since a 7 October attack by the Palestinian group, Hamas, despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire.

Nearly 37,300 Palestinians have since been killed in Gaza, most of them women and children, and over 85,100 others injured, according to local health authorities.

Eight months into the Israeli war, vast tracts of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which in its latest ruling has ordered Tel Aviv to immediately halt its operation in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge from the war before it was invaded on 6 May.

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