Saturday 15 May 2021

I believe Nigeria will support Palestine against Israel, Erdogan tells Buhari

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he believes Muhammadu Buhari, his Nigerian counterpart, would stand with Palestine in teaching Israel a lesson

On Friday, Erdogan had a conversation with Buhari by phone, asking that Nigeria, as a member of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, stand with Palestine — another member of the organisation.

“President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. Exchanging Eid al-Fitr greetings, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and regional developments,” the Turkish Presidency tweeted on Friday.

“Drawing attention to Turkey’s efforts exerted in order for the international community to teach the necessary lesson to unlawful, unjust and unscrupulous Israel due to its attacks against Palestine, President Erdogan voiced his belief that Nigeria would show solidarity with the Palestinians in this rightful cause.”

Erdogan has also put a call through to the presidents or heads of states of Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Northern Cyprus, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Algeria, and Russia.

 With President Buhari in power, Erdogan is seeking to implicitly change Nigeria’s position on the Israel-Palestinian crisis.

So far, the Nigerian government has not taken on clear stance on the battle between Israel and Palestine, which gained global attention on Monday, following the exchange of rockets between both countries.

The ministry of foreign affairs released a statement earlier in the week, simply asking for de-escalation of the crisis.

Credit : TheCable

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