Israel-Hamas war: In the aftermath of the United States' veto of a proposed United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution urging an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, Turkey expressed profound disappointment. Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan characterised the US stance as isolating itself on the issue, especially following the UN vote.
During a meeting with counterparts from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Arab League, who engaged with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, the sentiment of complete disappointment was underscored, according to Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The US and Israel oppose a ceasefire, arguing it would primarily benefit Hamas. Washington supports intermittent halts in hostilities to safeguard civilians and facilitate the release of hostages held by Hamas since the deadly October 7 attack on Israel.
In discussions with Blinken, Hakan Fidan also addressed Sweden's aspiration to join NATO, stating that the decision now lies with the parliament, a message conveyed to counterparts.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan criticized the UNSC, denoting it as the 'Israel protection council.' He questioned the justice of the Security Council's actions since October 7, declaring it a shield for Israel. Erdogan emphasized that the world extends beyond the influence of the five veto-wielding nations in the UNSC, stating, "Another world is possible, but without America."
He accused the United States of supporting Israel financially and militarily, questioning the human rights violations in Gaza amid global celebrations of the 75th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights.