Turkey accuses Israel's Netanyahu of using war 'to stay in power'

AFP , Wednesday 17 Apr 2024

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on Wednesday accused Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of taking advantage of regional tensions "to stay in power".

Turkey s Foreign Affairs Minister Hakan Fidan delivers a speech in Ankara, Turkey. AFP


"It is clear that Netanyahu is trying to drag the region into war to stay in power," Fidan told a news conference in Doha, more than six months into the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.

Speaking alongside Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al-Thani, Fidan said there was a "persistent" threat that Israel's Gaza war would spread in the region.

"We will redouble our efforts to end this war," Fidan said.

He also said that he spoke for "three hours" in Doha on Wednesday with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh and other political leaders of the Palestinian resistance group, including about ceasefire talks.

Haniyeh is due to visit Turkey this weekend as a guest of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been a brutal critic of Israeli leaders since Israel's war on Gaza began.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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