Turkish moves to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque

File photo of Ahmet DavutoğluFile photo of Ahmet Davutoğlu

Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Friday that his country has already made moves to protect Al-Aqsa Mosque, news outlets have reported.

Davutoğlu said that he has called Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Political Bureau Head Khaled Meshaal to discuss the issue. He pledged to do whatever it takes for Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Mosque. “We have given the required orders; we will launch initiatives everywhere, the UN being the first place in the world for supporting Al-Quds,” he insisted.

“Al-Quds has been entrusted with us by Hazrat Omar [the second Muslim caliph],” Davutoğlu told the audience at the opening of public facilities in the north-western Anatolian province of Bursa. “Al-Quds has been entrusted to us by Ottoman Sultans Yavuz Sultan Selim and Süleyman the Magnificent. Al-Quds has been entrusted to us by the last soldier of the Ottomans and is our cause today. Even if everybody else forgets, it will continue being our cause for eternity. Nobody can turn to a Turk and say ‘Al-Quds is not your cause’.”

Defending the whole Middle East, he continued: “No one can say that the Middle East, which includes Al-Quds, Makkah, Madinah, Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, is a swamp. If there are some people who have changed it into a swamp, they are the oppressive regimes and occupiers, at the top of which is the Israeli government.”

Addressing the Israeli occupation authorities Davutoğlu warned that they should not think that just because Muslims in the region are being suppressed by certain regimes they will not turn against Israel. “You have to know that there are some who defend Syrians and Palestinians, including the Turkish Republic. It will stand beside the oppressed everywhere and every time.”

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