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Iran tells Turkey Muslim countries should cut economic ties with Israel

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi (R) and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke over phone on April 10, 2024.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi has told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that Muslim countries, including Turkey, need to cut their economic relations with the Israeli regime to force an end to the Israeli aggression in Gaza.

Raeisi reiterated in a Wednesday phone conversation with Erdogan that cutting political and economic ties between Muslim countries and the Israeli regime would be the only effective way to stop the regime’s crimes in Gaza where it has killed nearly 34,000 Palestinians in the past six months.

Turkey has maintained close economic and trade relations with Israel despite the strained political relations that have existed between the two in recent years.

Erdogan’s administration has been facing growing domestic and regional pressure to cut the relations amid the Gaza war.

The Turkish government announced this week that it would impose trade restrictions on Israel over the war in Gaza. The Israeli regime retaliated in kind. 

Erdogan initiated the phone call with Raeisi on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

The Iranian president said in the call that the United States and its allies as well as international organizations and human rights bodies have lost their reputation more than ever before by either supporting the Israeli regime in its war on Gaza or by failing to do anything to stop it.

The Iranian president also called for the implementation of agreements reached during his trip to Turkey in late January.

Erdogan, for his part, said it is necessary that officials of Iran and Turkey work together to speed up the implementation of bilateral agreements.

He once again condemned an attack earlier this month by the Israeli regime on the Iranian consulate in Syria’s Damascus which led to the assassination of seven military advisors to Syria, including two senior generals. 

The Turkish president said in the call that Israel has a criminal nature and its crimes in Gaza have caused the regime to become more hated and isolated in the world.

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