Israel, Jerusalem, 9 April / corr. Trend R. Abdullayev/ Turkey is the most reliable and strategic partner of Israel in the Middle East, said Murat Marjan, the chairman of International Relations Committee of Turkish parliament.
"There is a serious and enhanced strategic cooperation between our two countries which covers all spheres of cooperation on the highest political level," said Marjan in his interview with Trend .
Commenting on results of the visit of Turkish delegation to Jerusalem, Marjan said that meetings have been held with political elite and government figures of Israel. "The economic relations are on high level, but I believe that the potential has not been used fully. The trade turnover between Turkey and Israel makes up $2.5bln and I am hopeful that this figure will reach $5bln in next 5 years," said Marjan.
The Turkish MP stressed the significance of cooperation in fight against terrorism. "We have been to Sederot and witnessed that the activities of HAMAS, especially the rocket fires to Israeli territory are inadmissible," he said. According to Marjan, the citizens of Gaza suffer from Israeli military operations. "Therefore, Turkey's only aim is to reach peace, stability, prosperity and security in the Middle East. We support all peace initiatives contributing to peace," said Marjan.
" Turkey believes that the settlement of conflict between Israel and Palestine is a key to addressing a number of Middle East problems. From this standpoint, we support all diplomatic efforts made to solve these problems," said Marjan.