"The resistance can take surprising actions," warns Iranian FM in Ankara
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian visited Ankara, holding discussions with Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan amid growing tensions in the Middle East. This visit is against the backdrop of Israel accusing Iran of being behind Hamas' attacks, a charge vehemently strongly denies.
During their meeting, Amirabdollahian conveyed a warning, emphasizing the dire consequences for those supporting the ongoing attacks against women and children in Gaza. This statement, broadcasted as breaking news by international agencies, stressed, "If the assaults in Gaza continue, particularly against women and children, those supporting these actions will pay a heavy price."
According to IRNA, the Iranian foreign minister has called for an "immediate ceasefire" in the Gaza Strip in case the Gaza war continues, the situation will change, and the Islamic resistance will take surprising actions.
Amirabdollahian noted that the Islamic Republic keeps on negotiations to prevent the escalation of the ongoing war in Gaza and that President Ebrahim Raisi proposed the idea of holding a summit of heads of Islamic states to put an end to the conflict.
If the Gaza war does not stop, the responsibility for the spread of the war will be directly on the shoulders of both the Zionist regime and the United States, Amirabdollahian said.
The Hamas informed the Iranian authorities that some 50 Israeli captives who were held in secure centers such as hospitals were killed during the past 26-day bombings by the regime, he added.
As the Anadolu Agency reported, in a joint press conference, Fidan reiterated Turkey's call for a ceasefire in the region and expressed Turkey's willingness to be a guarantor in securing peace in Gaza. He remarked, "We are ready to assume responsibility as a guarantor during the implementation phase of any agreement reached."
Fidan criticized the European Union for its apparent reluctance to support a ceasefire, stating, "Unfortunately, the EU does not want a ceasefire." He further called on Israel to reverse its current course, urging both regional and international actors to support lasting peace.
The press conference also revealed the upcoming visit of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to Turkey, indicating a deepening cooperation between Ankara and Tehran in the context of regional issues.
Highlighting the dire situation in Gaza, Fidan said, "The illegal siege in Gaza continues, and Gazans have been under heavy bombardment for days. This oppression cannot go unanswered. People are being slaughtered in front of the world's eyes."
He emphasized Turkey's position against attacks targeting innocent civilians, regardless of the perpetrator's identity. "We are engaged in diplomatic efforts with the relevant parties. Israel must understand that it cannot achieve anything by ignoring Palestinians and that support from some countries for the massacre in Gaza is unacceptable," Fidan added.
Regarding Turkey's role in peace, Fidan stated, "We are committed to working with our allies for an immediate ceasefire and ultimately a lasting peace. Turkey is ready to assume the role of a guarantor in implementing any peace agreement."
He expressed concerns about the violence escalating into a regional war and emphasized Turkey's efforts towards achieving a ceasefire and lasting peace. The goal of these efforts is the establishment of a sovereign Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, based on the 1967 borders.
Criticizing the EU's stance, Fidan said, "We would like to coordinate with the EU, but unfortunately, they seem uninterested in hearing about a ceasefire. This attitude is causing a crisis in the region. The West has lost its moral high ground."
He called for regional cooperation in resolving the issue, insisting that both sides must make concessions and meet their commitments. "Turkey not only advocates for a two-state solution but also believes that regional countries must actively contribute to resolving the issue," said Fidan.
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