Egyptian, Turkish foreign ministers discuss Israeli-Palestinian clashes in phone call

Ahram Online , Sunday 23 Jul 2017

Sameh Shoukry
File Photo: Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Ahram)

Egyptian Foreign Minster Sameh Shoukry received a phone call on Sunday from his Turkish counterpart in which the pair discussed the recent outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence in occupied east Jerusalem, Egypt's foreign ministry said.

The call from Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu aimed to discuss "the deteriorating situation in occupied Jerusalem and the Israeli attacks on Palestinian civilians," foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said in a statement.

The discussions come as part of Turkey's efforts to address the matter as the current chair of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Ties between Turkey and Egypt have been strained since the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, with whom Turkey built close ties.

On Saturday, two Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces as Israeli troops moved to demolish the home of a Palestinian who they say stabbed three Israeli settlers to death on Friday in the town of Kobar in the occupied West Bank.

Three Palestinians were killed and dozens injured a day earlier during clashes with Israeli security forces prompted by Israel's installation of metal detectors at the entrances to Al-Aqsa mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, in occupied east Jerusalem.

Egypt, Sweden and France have called for an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss ways to address the outbreak of violence.

 

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