Tuesday, August 16

Turkish Foreign Minister: Removal of Gaza siege remains a demand for reconciliation agreement



The Turkish Foreign Minister stated today that Ankara will not back down from its demand to lift the blockade on Gaza.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared today (Thursday) that his country will not back down from the condition it set for the signing of an reconciliation agreement- the lifting of the siege on Gaza.

Despite the talks between the Turkish and Israeli sources, Cavusoglu clarified that the lifting of the blockade is a necessary condition for normalizing the relations between the two countries.

Cavusoglu’s statement comes after it was reported by Turkish news agencies that the two sides have reached a compromise, according to which Israel will allow Turkish aid for building hospitals and restoring infrastructures into the Gaza Strip. It was also reported that all shipments will be channeled through the Israeli port of Ashdod before entering Gaza.

According to the reports, the reconciliation agreement between the countries is expected to become official on Sunday. However, Cavusoglu’s statement today is expected to change the understandings that were agreed upon so far because Israel has never agreed to lift the blockade in the past.