Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced plans to visit Cairo on Saturday for a meeting with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to discuss ongoing Israeli belligerence against the besieged Gaza Strip.
"We will hold a joint press conference in Cairo to announce our stance regarding the attacks on Gaza," Erdogan said in a press statement.
He went on to say that he planned to contact a number of world leaders, including his Russian and US counterparts, to discuss means of ending the Israeli assault, which has so far left 22 Palestinians dead – including a top Hamas commander – and scores seriously injured.
"There is no room for any communication between our government and Israel," added Erdogan.
Political tensions between Ankara and Tel Aviv erupted in mid-2010 following an Israeli attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that left nine Turkish activists dead.
Erdogan has urged the UN Security Council to demand an immediate halt to ongoing Israeli assaults on the Hamas-run coastal territory.