Cairo rejects Iranian parliament speaker’s request to visit Gaza Strip. Turkish FM denies reports Erdogan was slated to visit enclave
Cairo has rejected the Iranian parliament speaker’s request to visit Gaza, according to reports in the Islamic Republic.
Ali Larijani toured several countries in the region in recent days, and appears to have been planning to stop by the Gaza Strip, but was denied permission to cross Egypt‘s border with Rafah, the Iranian site Mashriq News reported.
Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu denied reports that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was set to visit the Hamas-run Strip next week.
“Erdogan’s agenda does not include such a visit at this time,” Davutoglu said.
A day after the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas went into effect last week, Iran’s Larijani was dispatched to meet with leaders in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey. The regional tour meant to tackle the two diplomatic challenges faced by the Islamic Republic in the Middle East: the civil war in Syria and the hostilities between Israel and Gaza.
In a press conference held in Lebanon, Larijani urged Arab countries to arm the Palestinians in Gaza, saying the time for diplomacy has run out.
The Iran Project is not responsible for the content of quoted articles.