Erdogan: We hope that the positive atmosphere with Greece will produce results

During his speech to the ambassadors of foreign countries in Ankara, the Cyprus issue was mentioned at the aftar dinner on the occasion of the sanctuary for the Muslim month of Ramadan. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his speech on Greek-Turkish and Cypriot spoke of a “negative atmosphere” with Greece, but the Turkish presidency clarified that the text of the speech refers to a “positive atmosphere”. In particular, Erdogan said: “We hope that the negative (sic) atmosphere in recent times with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Aegean will produce concrete results. There is no solution here by ignoring the rights and interests of the “Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus” and its dominant equality”. Recep Tayyip Erdogan also spoke extensively about the Gaza war, saying Israel does not listen to anyone and continues war crimes. “I regret to say that they are the ambivalent policies of those who provide unconditional military and diplomatic support to Israel that give this courage to Netanyahu and his accomplices” he argued addressing the leaders of foreign diplomatic missions in Ankara. The Turkish president reiterated that Turkey is ready to take on a guarantor role in Gaza, stressing: “Everyone is now aware of the fact that without a fair solution to the Palestinian issue, lasting peace and stability cannot be achieved either in our region or in the world. The only way to achieve this is to establish an independent, sovereign and geographically unified Palestinian state with East Jerusalem capital, at the base of the 1967 border. We all owe a debt to the murdered Palestinian children. This debt can only be repaid by establishing an independent Palestinian state.” Referring to the war in Ukraine he argued that “we express our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, while recognizing that peace plans that exclude Russia will not produce results.” President Erdogan pointed out that Turkey is a neighbour to the two countries in the Black Sea and therefore maintains dialogue with them. “On Friday we hosted in Istanbul the president of Ukraine, Mr. Zelensky. After the election we will host the president of Russia, Mr Putin. We are working to restore the safety of navigation in the Black Sea and ensure the safe trade in cereals. We believe that any steps should be avoided that will escalate conflicts in the region and cause their expansion in NATO,” he said among others. Regarding the Balkans, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that “as always, we are supporters of measures that contribute to stability and peace” in the region and noted that “since last October, we have taken command of NATO’s force in Kosovo.” Especially for NATO he stressed that Turkey has been an active and powerful member for more than 70 years and is one of the cornerstones of its security.