Speaking at a press conference after a meeting between Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Maliki expressed his gratitude to Davutoğlu for the support Turkey has provided on Palestine's UN status.
“Mr. Davutoğlu did not leave us alone on this important and historic day. He will be with us both today and tomorrow,'' Maliki said on Wednesday.
Foreign Minister Davutoğlu is on an official visit in New York to show Turkey's support for the Palestinian resolution at the UN General Assembly that aims to change the Palestinian National Authority's UN observer status from “entity” to “non-member state.”
Maliki also said that following the recognition of Palestine as a non-member, UN observer state, Ramallah will take steps to remove economic sanctions imposed by Israel and the Madrid Quartet mediating the peace process in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the early 2000s.
Before the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Thursday, Davutoğlu met with Abbas.
“Hopefully Palestine be recognized as a state of non-member status at the UN General Assembly. We are here in New York to show our support in this issue,” Davutoğlu said at the press conference on Wednesday.
He added: “Turkey will always support Palestinians' rights [on any platform]. We hope that within record time the Palestinian flag will be waving at the UN with full membership and state status. Turkey will continue to support Palestine's UN status until the Palestinian flag waves there.”
Davutoğlu also said that Thursday, when Palestine is expected to be recognized as a state, will be a historic day, and the first celebration of the victory will be held at the New York Turkish Center.
According to information obtained from the diplomatic sources, no Arab countries will participate in Thursday's vote.
Palestinian President Abbas has been leading the campaign to gain support for the resolution despite threats by the United States and Israel that they will punish the Palestinian National Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government. A dozen European governments offered him their support after an eight-day conflict this month between Israel and Islamists in the Gaza Strip who are pledged to destroy Israel and oppose Abbas' efforts toward a negotiated peace.
The US opposes the recognition of Palestine as a state. On Tuesday, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland called the Palestinian National Authority's decision to declare unilateral statehood a “mistake”, expressing strong disagreement with Washington's allies on the issue. The US also harshly criticized France after it announced it would vote in favor of the recognition of the Palestinian state at the UN General Assembly this week.
- 28/08/2014 Radical militants seize Syria crossing near Israel: activists
- 27/08/2014 Nuclear chief: Iran ready to launch new generation of centrifuges
- 27/08/2014 Malaysia police arrest Nepalese workers over rioting
- 27/08/2014 Pakistani opposition party stops talks with gov't
- 26/08/2014 DPRK denounces U.S. over Ferguson shooting
- 26/08/2014 ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman
- 26/08/2014 Palestinians accept Egypt’s proposal to conclude 30-day truce
- 26/08/2014 Israeli aircrafts strike Palestinian parliament building
- 26/08/2014 3 Chinese workers missing in Turkey: Chinese embassy
- 26/08/2014 Two car bombs kill at least 11 in mainly Shi'ite part of Baghdad
- 26/08/2014 Iraq premier-designate: militias must follow state
- 25/08/2014 Iraqi crisis: Suicide blast targets Baghdad Shia mosque
- 25/08/2014 Iranian Foreign Minister: “ISIL is a threat against international security”
- 25/08/2014 Iran to give response to recent aggression made by Israeli spy drone
- 24/08/2014 Iran says no need for UN to revisit military site
- 24/08/2014 Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower
- 24/08/2014 Bombs kill at least 35 across Iraq a day after mosque shooting
- 24/08/2014 3 Yemen soldiers killed in convoy attack
- 23/08/2014 Israeli strike on a central Gaza house kills 3: Medics
- 23/08/2014 Netanyahu warns Hamas of 'heavy price' after child killed
- 23/08/2014 Gaza militants kill 18 alleged spies for Israel
- 22/08/2014 32 killed in attacks in eastern Iraq
- 22/08/2014 Pakistan says militants from Afghan side kill soldier
- 22/08/2014 Over 180,000 killed in Syrian conflict
- 22/08/2014 UNICEF: Children's death toll rises to 469 in Gaza
- 22/08/2014 Yemenis to continue mass anti-government protests
- 22/08/2014 Saudi court sentences 18 more on terror charges
- 22/08/2014 Spokeswoman denies reports on Iran, US cooperation
- 22/08/2014 ISIS demanded $132 million in ransom from James Foley’s family, employer in series of ‘deadly serious’ emails
- 22/08/2014 4 Indian states hold by-elections
- 22/08/2014 2 killed in fresh Israeli airstrike on Gaza
- 22/08/2014 Islamic terrorists must be defeated: U.S. army official
- 22/08/2014 Palestinian Health Ministry: Israel using banned weapons in Gaza
- 21/08/2014 ISIL demanded $100 million ransom for Foley
- 21/08/2014 Turkey's president norminates new prime minister
- 21/08/2014 FM Davutoglu to succeed President-elect Erdogan as prime minister
- 21/08/2014 20 militants killed in attacks in Iraq
- 21/08/2014 Pakistani PM again rejects resignation calls, offers talks to opponents
- 21/08/2014 Iran announces conditions of joining global campaign against Islamic State
- 21/08/2014 Iraqis in besieged town appeal to army for help