CAIRO: Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s criticism of the Egyptian initiative for a ceasefire in Gaza, and his labeling of President Sisi as a dictator “contradicted all international traditions and norms,” reported Al-Arabiya Saturday.
Erdoğan told reporters after the announcement of the Egyptian peace initiative that “Sisi is a tyrant himself,” reported AFP Friday.
Shoukry replied during a press conference Friday that Turkey should work more positively to convince Hamas to agree to the initiative.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel Atty said in a phone call Saturday with the Sabah-ON television show that the whole world talks to Egypt on Palestine, because it’s “the only state that can move in favor of the Palestine people.”
“The Egyptian initiative’s ultimate goal is to stop the daily massacres that happen in Gaza,” he added.
He added that Egypt still considers Turkey an ally and that Egypt knows how to differentiate between that and politically ideological statements by certain “narrow” officials.
The Qatari Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed newspaper reported Saturday that the Palestinian resistance made a new initiative that was approved by Turkey and Qatar.
Hamas’ terms in the published document according to Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed were: an immediate ceasefire from both sides, a halt to military and security attacks of all kinds from both sides, Israel will commit itself to completely lift the land and sea blockade on Gaza—including the opening of all border crossings and the Gaza Port, allow the entrance of all goods, electricity, gas and any other Palestinian necessities. Also, Israel will open 12 miles to be added to the Gaza fishing zone and Palestinians will be allowed to move freely within Gaza.
Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, said in remarks to reporters in Cairo Saturday morning that he believed the Egyptian initiative was a “good proposition, and still on the table,” and added that Mahmoud Abbas would be travelling to Turkey and Qatar: “Countries with which we have good relations who are undoubtedly able to exercise influence on Hamas.”