Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan has told US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken that it is necessary to end Israeli attacks on civilians in the Gaza Strip and declare a ceasefire, Turkish media reported.
During the meeting, Fidan emphasized to his American colleague that it is unacceptable to bomb civilian objects and destroy infrastructure in Gaza, said a source from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, BTA reported.
Talks between Blinken and Fidan took place today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ankara and lasted nearly three hours. Turkish media noted that the US Secretary of State was greeted “coldly” as no one from the country’s top leadership met him at the airport.
Meanwhile, Anthony Blinken described today’s talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan on the situation in the Middle East as “fruitful”.
We had long and productive conversations. We discussed the crisis in Gaza and what can be done to prevent the conflict from escalating. You see that aid is being sent to the Gaza Strip. We discussed what can be done to achieve lasting peace in the Middle East, CNN-Turk TV quoted Blinken as saying.
He pointed out that Washington continues to make “efforts to secure a ceasefire in Gaza as the number of casualties among women and children increases”.
We are also concerned about the escalating violence in the West Bank, Blinken added.
A Turkish Foreign Ministry source indicated that Minister Fidan and US Secretary of State Blinken discussed Sweden’s NATO accession process during the talks in Ankara.
Fidan and Blinken also discussed bilateral and regional issues, the source said.