Ankara, 23 November 2023 (TDI): The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, joined a virtual G20 conference to discuss regional issues and the ongoing war in Gaza, on Wednesday.
According to the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey, Erdogan thanked Indian President, Narendra Modi, for chairing the meeting and highlighted G20’s role in solving global issues.
He underscored the need to work to reform the current global financial architecture and affirmed UN General Secretary, Antonio Guterres’ voice in commencing the bloc’s action to reform multilateral development banks.
Erdogan emphasized that protectionist measures and the climate agenda, which some nations are pursuing in order to boost their competitiveness, continue to have a detrimental effect on the world economy.
Furthermore, Erdogan highlighted the tragedy that is occurring in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially in Gaza, has exceeded the “limits of humanity’s tolerance.”
“Look, two days ago, November 20 was World Children’s Rights Day. Unfortunately, nearly seven thousand innocent Palestinian children did not live to see this day,” Erdogan said.
He continued, “Israeli administration took away the most basic right of these children, the right to life. He condemned them to death by cutting off their water, electricity, food and fuel… He even threatened to use a nuclear bomb, the existence of which they have always denied until today.”
Moreover, he condemned the actions of Israel to be inexplicable by the right of self-defense and mounts it to war crime and crimes against humanity which must be accounted for.
Moreover, addressing the G20 conference members, Erdogan highlighted the efforts of Turkey in establishing ceasefire and the exchange of hostages.
“With the latest developments, it has become important to establish an independent Palestinian State, based on the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and living peacefully side by side with Israel,” he added.