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Erdoğan thanks Spain for Gaza stance

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday hailed Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez for his stance on the Gaza war which has seen the Spanish leader emerging as an outspoken critic of Israel, Agence France-Presse reported.

“Mr Sanchez has pursued a principled and consistent policy from day one (of the war) and has a special place in the hearts of the entire Turkish nation,” Erdoğan said, hailing the Spanish leader for his approach on the ongoing conflict.

“In the name of my people, I congratulate” Sanchez for his attitude, he said on an official visit to Spain as the two leaders opened an economic forum in Madrid.

Erdoğan, who has taken a very strong stance in support of the Palestinians and Palestinian militant group of Hamas, once again accused Israel of committing a “genocide” in the tiny territory which “hurts everyone with a conscience.”

“We are faced with an (Israeli) arrogance that responds even to ceasefire calls with bloodshed,” he said.

Since the war began on October 7, Spain has emerged as one of Israel’s strongest critics within the European Union.

The Gaza war began with Hamas’s unprecedented October 7 attack on southern Israel which resulted in the deaths of 1,194 people, mostly civilians, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli official figures.

The militants also seized 251 hostages. Of these, 116 remain in Gaza although the army says 41 of them are dead.

Israel in response has carried out a military offensive in Gaza that has left at least 37,232 people dead, also mostly civilians, according to the health ministry in Gaza.

On May 28, Spain formally recognized Palestinian statehood in a coordinated move with Ireland and Norway, in a decision slammed by Israel as a “reward” for Hamas.

And last week, Madrid said it would join South Africa’s case at the International Court of Justice, the UN’s top court, in which Pretoria has accused Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza.

“Turkey is a key economic partner for Spain and a key player in the geostrategic context,” said Sanchez, describing Spain as “Turkey’s best ally in Europe.”

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