Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul said Tuesday that 21 Asian countries meeting at a security summit have denounced Israel’s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last week,
the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
Speaking as chairman of the 22-member Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Gul said the condemnation showed Israel was isolated and that it ‘will suffer the consequences for its mistake against Turkey.’
All members of the regional summit, except Israel itself, denounced the raid by Israeli navy commandos on the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara last Monday and the death of nine Turkish activists, Gul said.
The Turkish president said 21 of the 22 nations in the grouping have also called on the Jewish state to end its blockade of Gaza and to agree to an international investigation of the incident.
An overwhelming majority of the countries also called for a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East and for Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and place all of its nuclear facilities under the safeguard of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Gul said.