Ankara, 30 November 2023 (TDI): Foreign Minister of Turkey, Hakan Fidan, heads to New York on Wednesday to participate in a UN Security Council session, focusing on the escalating tensions in Gaza.
According to a statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Fidan’s visit to New York also intends to actively interact with other members of a group formed to oversee decisions made during the joint summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Arab League on November 11.
In addition, the emergency conference in the Saudi capital of Riyadh denounced the acts of Israel in the midst of the conflict with Hamas in Gaza and highlighted the pressing need for global intervention to solve the rapidly escalating situation.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the phone earlier on Tuesday. Erdogan underlined throughout their talk how important it is for the international community to put an end to Israeli aggression in Gaza.
According to the presidency of Turkey, Erdogan informed Guterres that Israel continues to “violate international law, the law of war and humanitarian law recklessly,” and it must be held responsible for the crimes perpetrated in Gaza.
More than 15,000 Palestinians have been killed as a result of Israel’s air and ground offensive against Hamas in Gaza, according to the health authorities in Gaza.
“During the call, President Erdogan said Israel continues to shamelessly trample on international law, the laws of war, and international humanitarian law by looking in the eyes of the international community, and it must be held accountable for the crimes it committed in front of international law,” the Turkish Presidency said in a statement.