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Erdogan urges countries: Stop Israel’s Palestinian policies

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a media conference at the G20 summit in Rome, October 31, 2021.
AP Photo/Domenico StinellisTurkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a media conference at the G20 summit in Rome, October 31, 2021.

The leader delivered his remarks at a meeting for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

At a conference, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged representatives from Muslim countries around the world to halt what the country’s media called “oppressive” policies from Israel.

Erdogan delivered his remarks through a video message at the 37th Ministerial Session of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation (COMCEC) for the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The OIC is an international organization, composed of 57 member states, which seeks to represent the voice of Muslims around the world.

During the conference, the leader called for “a stop to Israel's policies of illegal settlement, destruction, forced displacement, confiscation and evacuation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank,” according to Turkey’s Daily Sabah.

“We must work with all our might to preserve the status and sanctity of Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine,” Erdogan urged.

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“The main thing is the establishment of lasting peace and stability on the basis of a two-state solution and established international parameters,” the leader continued, Daily Sabah reported.

During his address, Erdogan also discussed key issues for the Islamic organization, like religious discrimination faced by Muslims in Europe and the humanitarian crisis facing Afghanistan.

Tensions between Israel and Turkey flared briefly this month when Ankara detained an Israeli couple suspected of spying.

However, the pair were later freed, and Israel’s Prime Minister Naftali Bennett called Erdogan to thank him for the president’s role in the couple’s release.