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18:21 | 2009-01-22

Foriegn Policy

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Lawmaker Lauds Turkish PM's Stance on Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior member of the Iranian parliament lauded Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance on Israel's deadly onslaught into the Gaza Strip.

Head of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi held a press conference at the Iranian Embassy following his two-day talks in Ankara on Tuesday.

During his tour, the Iranian legislator met with Turkey's President Abdullah Gul, Parliament Speaker Koksal Toptan and Murat Mercan, the head of Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission.

"I am thankful for the statements by Turkish people and authorities, particularly those by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and lastly for Erdogan's statements in Brussels," Boroujerdi said while praising Turkey's solidarity with the Gazans.

Delivering a speech in Brussels on Monday, Erdogan underlined that Hamas was elected to the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 in a landslide victory and urged respect for the will of the Palestinian people.

He had already criticized world leaders for leaving Hamas out of the peace process, saying it was a democratically elected political party.

He also warned that the situation in Gaza could adopt a very different dimension if "Western countries" did not show appropriate sensitivity toward Hamas.

"Who is Mahmoud Abbas? He is an ordinary person whose term expired a week ago. We don't have to speak about ordinary people here," Boroujerdi replied when reminded of Erdogan's Brussels remarks about Abbas and invited to make a comment on Abbas.

In Brussels, Erdogan said Israel's imprisonment of the elected representatives of Hamas, including deputies, did not comply with democracy.

"Someone from the highest ranks of Israel once told me - when it's necessary, I'll publicize their name - that 'Abbas will be very annoyed if we release (imprisoned Hamas representatives)'," Erdogan said, stressing that both Abbas and the world should face the results of the elections.