ISTANBUL - Peace should be established between Palestine, Syria and Israel, President Abdullah Gül told students at Aleppo University on Saturday.
Turkey gives great importance to the establishment of stability in the region and has been working towards it, Gül said, adding that such attempts have helped create trust toward his country in the Middle East.
Responding to a question regarding the Syria-Israel peace talks, Gül said: "Syria, justifiably, put indirect talks on hold during the Gaza attacks, and the [new] Israeli government has just been established." The president added that it was yet to be seen whether the Israeli leaders would continue with the rhetoric they adopted before the elections or act with the responsibility a government bears.
"Some believe that the European Union is the alternative to the Middle East. This cannot be the case," said Gül. "Turkey tries to maximize [its] relations with the Middle East while developing its relationship with the EU." The president added that the relationship between Turkey and Syria should set an example for other countries.