Moscow, 11 October 2023 (TDI): The President of Turkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation on October 10, to discuss the course of the current Palestine-Israel conflict.

During the conversation, grave concerns were expressed by both Presidents about the ongoing escalation of violence and the catastrophic increase in the number of civilian casualties.

The joint readiness to promote the need for an immediate ceasefire by both sides and the resumption of the negotiation process was emphasized.

Furthermore, it was stressed by both Presidents that a long-term peaceful settlement of the Middle East crisis is possible solely based on the “two-state” formula approved by the UN Security Council (UNSC).

It was also explicated that the two-state formula approved by the UNSC provides for the creation of an independent Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem.

Moreover, President Erdoğan and President Putin also exchanged views on measures to prevent any further spread of the tension between Palestine & Israel. The leaders also evaluated what initiatives would be taken to meet humanitarian needs in the region.

Besides that, President Erdoğan condemned that targeting Palestinian civilian settlements is worrying and that such initiatives are not welcomed by Turkiye.

President Erdoğan also highlighted that Turkiye will continue to make every effort to ensure calm in the region.

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Besides talking about the Palestine-Israel conflict, the issues of Russian-Turkish cooperation in various fields were also touched upon, where both leaders assured that negotiations between Turkiye and Russia will continue.

Turkiye has also been holding negotiations with Middle Eastern countries to contribute to resolving the Palestine-Israel conflict justly and peacefully.

Moreover, Turkiye has reiterated its support for resolving the conflict at every possible platform to avoid any further catastrophic consequences.