Palestinians hold funeral prayers near a hospital in Deir al Balah, Gaza Strip, December 8, 2023. Photo/AP
ANKARA – The United States (US) is now left alone in the Gaza issue after it blocked the ratification of a UN Security Council (DK) resolution demanding a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
Turkish Foreign Minister Fidan explained this on Friday (8/12/2023).
“Our friends once again stated that America is now alone on this issue, especially in the vote held at the UN today,” Fidan told Anadolu and Turkey’s national television station TRT in an exclusive interview in the US.
Fidan was in the US capital, Washington DC, with foreign ministers from friendly countries after they were assigned to an extraordinary joint Arab-Islamic summit last month to urge a ceasefire in Gaza, which Israel has attacked for more than two months.
The summit mandated the foreign ministers of Turkey, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Egypt, Jordan, Qatar and Nigeria to take international action to stop the war in Gaza and achieve lasting peace.
The committee met separately with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as well as think tanks, media organizations and politicians.
In his meeting with Blinken, Fidan said the group, which is “almost a spokesperson and interpreter” of world public opinion, “candidly” expressed the tragedy in Gaza and its impact.
America is powerless to deal with the Israeli issue
Turning to the US veto of the UN Security Council resolution regarding Gaza, Fidan said, “As we expressed in our meeting today, the American political system is now powerless on issues related to Israel. Therefore, Israel is acting recklessly on the issue this and continue its oppressive actions.”
The US on Friday vetoed the resolution, which was proposed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and supported by more than 90 member states. There were 13 votes in favor and the UK abstained.
Noting that the contact group would continue its work in Gaza “without interruption”, Fidan said the group would continue to be a spokesperson for world public opinion on this issue.