02-06-2021 16:46:46

“Israel can have 'healthier relationships' if it pursues peace, accepts 2-state solution”

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu attends a press conference along with Robert Dussey, the foreign minister of Togo, in the capital Ankara.

If Israel wants healthy ties with Ankara, it must abandon its wrongful policies and end violence against Palestinians, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Wednesday.

“In order for Israel to maintain a healthy relationship with us, no matter which government is in power there, it must first give up its wrongful policies,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Israel’s violence and aggression against Palestinians will only “worsen [our] ties,” he added.

Çavuşoğlu stressed that Israel can have “healthier relationships with everyone” if it pursues peace, accepts a two-state solution, and respects the rights of Palestinians.

Israel’s latest assault on the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank last month killed at least 289 people, including women and children, and left a trail of destruction.

Health centers, schools, and media offices in the Palestinian territories were among the structures that Israeli forces targeted and destroyed with impunity.