IN RUSSIAN

Turkey and Egypt ready to stop Hamas if US makes guarantees

18 November 2012 - 12:08pm

Turkey would be willing to lean on Hamas to halt rocket attacks on Israel if the United States “provides guarantees,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said today in Istanbul ahead of his departure to Cairo for talks on Hamas-Israel violence, Hurriyet Daily News reports.

Following pressure from Washington for Turkey to put an end to Hamas’ attacks, Erdoğan said Ankara would be willing to do so on condition that the U.S. provide guarantees but did not elaborate what kind of guarantee Turkey would like to see.

"Israel is breaking the cease-fire in Gaza. We want an immediate cease-fire. Some 40 people have been killed on the Gazan side up until now, but the Israeli government sets the world on fire when three Israeli people die," Erdoğan said at the airport.

Erdoğan has spoken to U.S. President Barack Obama, Hamas Chairman Khaled Mashaal and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on the ongoing Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Erdoğan will meet Morsi and give a speech at Cairo University as part of his trip to Egypt.

Following a Turkey-Egypt High Level Strategic Cooperation Council Meeting, Erdoğan is expected to give a joint press conference with Egyptian Prime Minister Hesham Mohamed Qandil.

Read also

Apr 17 2015 - 17:45
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, commenting on the resolution of the European Parliament recognizing the Armenian genocide of 1915, said that the European Parliament should worry more about Indian tribes in America, natives of Australia and tribes of Africa killed by colonizers instead of worrying about the Armenian genocide, RIA Novosti reports.
Apr 17 2015 - 16:43
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that his ministry was in touch with Greece in the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, RIA Novosti reports.Russia and Greece are working on a memorandum on the construction of the gas pipeline from the Greek-Turkish border to other European countries. The Greek Energy Ministry reported on April 15 that Athens and Moscow will sign the document next week.The Greek section of the pipeline will cost about 2 billion euros, running until the Macedonian border. Private companies will build the pipeline.
Apr 15 2015 - 20:12
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that Pope Francis was caught in a trap of conspirators plotting against the ruling Justice and Development Party. The PM called the conspirators a front of evil of which the Pope was part, together with the Republican People's Party and the Democratic People's Party, RIA Novosti reports. Davutoglu reminded that the Ottoman Empire had given asylum to Jewish refugees fleeing from the Catholic inquisition in Spain.
Apr 14 2015 - 20:06
 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called Pope Francis’ calling the genocide of Armenians in 1915 the first genocide of the 20th century nonsense, Gazeta.ru reports.Erdogan said that he was condemning the Pope’s statement and urging him to refrain from making such mistake again. 
Apr 10 2015 - 18:34
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak will discuss Serbia’s admission to the Turkish Stream gas project during his visit to Belgrade in late April – early May, said Serbian Ambassador Slavenko Terzic, Interfax reports.The diplomat clarified that Novak will discuss the initiative with Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic.
Apr 7 2015 - 21:59
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Tehran that Turkey and Iran should become mediators in the peace processes of Syria and Iraq to stop the bloodshed, RIA Novosti reports.Erdogan reminded that over 100,000 people have died in Iraq and at least 300,000 in Syria. He noted that it was irrelevant whether the victims of the conflicts were Sunnies or Shiites.

Archive