Abbas tells Turkish President, Israel aid attack 'double crime'

Abbas said, that Israeli blockade has been continuing not only in Gaza but also in West Bank.

Abbas tells Turkish President, Israel aid attack 'double crime'

Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Monday had separate meetings with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Azerbaijan's President Haydar Aliyev on the sidelines of the summit meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Istanbul.

Gul had his first meeting with Abbas at Ciragan Palace, his office said in a statement.

Prior to the meeting, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki signed an agreement to set up a committee between Turkey and Palestine.

Abbas offered condolences to Gul over death of eight Turk activists killed in Israeli raid to Gaza aid flotilla and thanked him for Turkey's efforts exerted for solution to Palestinian issue, the statement said.

Abbas told Gul that whole world has heard of Palestinian suffering after the incident, adding that Israeli blockade has been continuing not only in Gaza but also in West Bank.

Abbas said that attack on Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara was a double crime as it was committed in the international waters and it killed civilian people.

On his part, Gul said a committee to be established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to launch a probe into the Israeli raid was important.

"It would be a great move if you ensured national unity," Gul told Abbas.

At the meeting between Gul and Aliyev, Azerbaijan's President offered condolences to Gul as well, the statement said.

Aliyev condemned the killing of innocent people and expressed uneasiness over the Israeli attack, it said. He said Azerbaijan supports Turkey in every international matter.

Aliyev also gave information to Gul about natural gas deal between the two governments and pledged that Azerbaijan would be a reliable supplier for both Turkey and Europe.

The meeting also discussed bilateral relations as well as regional issues, the statement concluded.


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