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16 April 2014, Wednesday
 
 
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Erdoğan says will travel to Gaza after Washington visit

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GAZAN PRIME MINISTER ISMAIL HANIYEH, WHO VISITED TURKEY AS PART OF AN OFFICIAL TOUR OF THE MUSLIM WORLD, ATTENDED THE AK PARTY MEETING IN JANUARY 2012. THE GAZAN PREMIER (L) AND TURKISH PRIME MINISTER ERDOĞAN SALUTED AK PARTY DEPUTIES FROM THE ROSTRUM WHERE ERDOĞAN WAS ADDRESSING THE GROUP AND SHOOK HANDS. (PHOTO: AA)
10 April 2013, Wednesday /TODAYSZAMAN, İSTANBUL
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said a long-awaited visit to the Gaza Strip will take place after he travels to Washington, D.C., in mid-May for talks with President Barack Obama.

“I think it will take place after the US visit,” Erdoğan told journalists en route to Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday evening, when he was asked about the planned trip to Gaza. The prime minister had earlier said he planned to visit the Hamas-run territory in April. Erdoğan and Obama are set to meet in Washington on May 16.

The US, which brokered a reconciliation deal between its allies, Turkey and Israel, on Jan. 22 to end their three-year rift, is concerned that Erdoğan's visit to Gaza could undermine the process of normalization between the two countries. During a visit to İstanbul on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry pressed for a speedy restoration of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Israel, saying this is critical for a US-backed Israeli-Palestinian peace process as well as regional stability.

Kerry, meanwhile, is expected to pay yet another visit to Turkey in two weeks, this time to attend an international meeting on Syria. Kerry and his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoğlu, agreed that the meeting, a gathering of an 11-nation core group of the Friends of Syria, should convene soon.

Israel apologized on March 22 to Turkey for a deadly raid on the Mavi Marmara aid ship in 2010, which resulted in the deaths of eight Turks and a Turkish American. The ship was trying to break through the Israeli blockade of Gaza. In a telephone conversation with Erdoğan, which Obama also briefly joined, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised compensation for the families of the dead and those injured during the raid but made no commitment on the lifting of the blockade.

Turkey, however, insists that the blockade should be lifted. In comments after the March 22 apology, an Israeli official insisted that Israel did not commit to ending its Gaza blockade as part of reconciliation with Turkey and could clamp down even harder on the Palestinian enclave if security is threatened.

Prime Minister Erdoğan has said he wants to visit Gaza to monitor the status of the blockade. But with Kerry calling for Turkish participation in the new Israeli-Palestinian peace process, analysts say Erdoğan's Gaza visit may turn into a welcome development if Erdoğan uses the visit as an opportunity to talk to Hamas about joining peace talks alongside the Palestinian administration led by President Mahmoud Abbas.

 
 
COMMENTS
The picture emphasize the saying "Tell me who is your friend and I shall tell you who you are"
Ben Yacob
America is first in the list, Palestine is last in the list and Turkey is between the lines of the lists.
anla
@Bowen What has Cyprus got to do with Gaza??? Greek Cypriots are the problem in Cyprus because they think, falsely, that they own the whole island and its resources. They refused the Annan plan and they were the cause of the Cyprus problem in the first instance.
AliA
Mr Beer, I would not be suprised if those rockets were fired by the Isreali secret service called mossad. Lets face it isreal does not want peace. The only peice they want is ocuppation of all Palestine, while murdering the Palestinains slowly day by day. But no crime will go unpunished.
The Wise One
Mr Beer, I would not be suprised if those rockets were fired by the Isreali secret service called mossad. Lets face it isreal does not want peace. The only peice they want is ocuppation of all Palestine, while murdering the Palestinains slowly day by day. But no crime will go unpunished.
The Wise One
A picture speaks a thousand words. This picture should be printed on the front pages of the Washington Post and the New York Times before Erdogans visit to the United States. He will get one hell of a reception. Then again, the spineless American Media wont do such a thing because that could display...
Ararat
Of course, Prime Minister Erdogan prefers to visit Gaza after his visit to the United States, as he does not want the atmosphere there to turn against him and risk demonstrations. He is not used to keeping his mouth shut, and he is afraid to anger the people in the United States, after bombastic sp...
Erdogan's visit to Gaza
Israel should understand that Turkey is serious about it's leadership in the area
Raffi
Why doesnt he instead sort out the problems between S and N Cyprus and the closed border between Armenia and Turkey?
Bowen
Gaza normally welcomes world leaders with Rockets lanch. To Israel, of course. That happenned recently during Obama visit. Let's see if this tradition will keeping up during Erdogan visit.
Beer
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