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Israel, Iran rally behind Erdogan after failed military coup
Jerusalem says it ‘respects democratic process in Turkey,’ looks forward to ongoing reconciliation with Ankara
A Turkish police officer embraces a man on a tank after the military position was taken over in Istanbul on July 16, 2016, following a failed army coup. (AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC)
Turkey’s regional allies on Saturday condemned a deadly foiled coup attempt by a faction of the army against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s rule. Key regional powers Iran and Israel, which have both had strained relationships with Erdogan’s government, condemned the putsch that began late on Friday night.
“Deeply concerned about the crisis in Turkey,” Zarif tweeted late on Friday.
“Stability, democracy & safety of Turkish people are paramount. Unity & prudence are imperative.”
With the exception of Qatar, Iran’s Arab foes in the Gulf made no comment on the events in Turkey besides advising their citizens to stay off the streets.
In a telephone call with the Turkish leader, Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani “congratulated [Erdogan] on the support of the people of Turkey on his rule against the failed military coup,” the official QNA news agency reported.
Sheikh Tamim “strongly condemned this failed attempt and voiced… [Qatar’s] solidarity with Turkey… in all measures it takes to protect constitutional legitimacy, enforce the rule of law and preserve its security and stability.”
Gas-rich Qatar is Erdogan’s closest Gulf ally, sharing his sympathies for the Muslim Brotherhood that formerly ruled Egypt and which is outlawed in other Gulf Arab states.
Palestinian supporters of the Hamas movement hold portraits of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as they shout slogans against the military coup attempt in Turkey, during a demonstration in Gaza City, on July 16, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS)
Gaza’s Islamist Hamas rulers, who have friendly ties with Qatar as well as Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted AKP party “condemned the failed coup attempt” and “congratulated the people and the Turkish leadership for successfully protecting democracy.”
Turkey has recently obtained several compromises from Israel over Gaza including authorization for Ankara to build a hospital.
On Saturday, activists -– notably those linked to Hamas -– called for demonstrations in solidarity with the Turkish government.
Erdogan called on his supporters on Saturday to remain vigilant, warning of the risks of a fresh flare-up of violence even as his forces regained control.
A Lebanese woman holds a Turkish flag during a demonstration by members of the Islamic group Jamaa Islamiya in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon on July 16, 2016, to support Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following a deadly but foiled coup attempt. (AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD ZAYYAT)
In Khartoum, President Omar al-Bashir condemned “the attempted coup in Turkey and the disturbance of security and stability in the country.”
“The government of Sudan and its people stand besides President Erdogan and the people of Turkey to ensure security and stability in Turkey,” the presidency statement added.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Saturday 161 people — not including the putschists — were killed in the coup attempt, with 2,839 soldiers now detained on suspicion of involvement.