Erdogan Heads to NATO Summit in Washington, Focuses on Gaza, Defense

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan departed for Washington on Tuesday to attend the NATO leaders summit from July 9-11.

During a press conference before his departure, Erdogan emphasized the importance of addressing the Palestinian massacres in Gaza at the summit. “We will highlight the international community’s failure to stop Israel and stress that global conscience will not rest until a just and lasting peace is established in Palestine,” Erdogan stated.

Erdogan plans to discuss Ankara’s views during bilateral meetings with allied leaders, adding, “We patiently follow the Gaza cease-fire talks in Doha. Our intelligence chief and foreign minister are actively involved, and we hope for positive results soon.”

In parallel, senior security officials from Israel, including the heads of Shin Bet and Mossad, and CIA Director William Burns are engaged in talks in Egypt and Qatar on a Gaza cease-fire and prisoner swap deal.

Erdogan also emphasized the significance of the NATO summit, marking its 75th anniversary, and its role in enhancing NATO’s deterrence and defense structure. He highlighted the summit’s agenda, which includes discussions with NATO partners from the Asia-Pacific region and a session of the NATO-Ukraine Council.

Erdogan reiterated Türkiye’s commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and the importance of NATO’s unified stance against terrorism. He expressed Türkiye’s dedication to burden-sharing within NATO, emphasizing its contributions to the alliance’s missions and operations.

Erdogan also addressed the status of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) within the Organization of Turkic States and anticipated cooperation with incoming NATO Secretary-General Mark Rutte.

Finally, Erdogan expressed hope for more substantial support from NATO on the Israel-Palestine issue and aimed to bring these concerns to the forefront during the meetings in the US.–News Desk