Turkey pledges support for Palestinian statehood bid

Turkey pledges support for Palestinian statehood bid
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President Mahmoud Abbas can rely on the support of Turkey when it comes to his UN bid for recognition of a Palestinian state.

The country’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his support clear while addressing the United Nations General Assembly.

Turkey’s once friendly ties with Israel have deteriorated.

Speaking to Euronews, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Bulent Arinc, reinforced his country’s backing.

“If you look at the past ten to fifteen years, you see that a cohabitation policy exists between two neighbouring states which each have their own borders,” Arinc said.

“This is why Palestine deserves to be a sovereign state. Turkey will always support the just cause of Palestine. It can provide for its needs within its borders, while acknowledging the reality of Israel.”

Turkey’s relationship with Israel turned sour after a raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last year.

Nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists were killed when Israeli forces boarded several boats.

Israel said its soldiers were forced to defend themselves after being attacked.

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