Iranian, Turkish presidents discuss Israeli attacks on Gaza, Iran’s consulate in Syria

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, on Wednesday exchanged views on Israel’s deadly attacks against Gaza and Iran’s consulate in Syria, according to a statement on the website of the Iranian president’s office.

In a phone call, the Iranian president called on Muslim states to sever economic and political ties with Israel.

As regards the Israeli missile strike on the consular section of Iran’s embassy in Damascus on April 1, which killed seven Iranians, Raisi said what Israel did would not go unanswered.

“Today, the support provided by the United States and Western countries for Israel … have brought further disgrace to them,” Raisi said as U.S. President Joe Biden vowed “ironclad” support for Israel’s security against “threats from Iran” as he was speaking to journalists at the White House alongside Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Wednesday.

During the phone call, the Turkish president condemned Israel’s attack against the Iranian consulate.

Pointing out Israel’s “criminal nature,” Erdogan said Israel had become more hated and isolated in the world.

(With input from Xinhua)

(Cover: Rescue workers search in the rubble of a building annexed to the Iranian embassy a day after an air strike in Damascus, Syria, April 2, 2024. /CFP)