Turkish PM in Cairo vows support for Gaza

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Associated Press

Posted on November 17, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Updated Saturday, Nov 17 at 10:36 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Turkey's prime minister has vowed support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH'-jehp TY'-ihp UR'-doh-wahn) described Egypt's uprising that ousted longtime autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak from power last year as a point of hope for Palestinians. The Turkish leader delivered his remarks in a speech at Cairo University Saturday.

He also met Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for the first time since the Islamist leader was elected late June.

The Turkish leader is in Egypt with a delegation of 12 ministers and 350 businessmen.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people protested outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, where Arab foreign ministers are meeting to discuss Israel's fierce air assault on rocket operations in Gaza, which is run by the Islamic militant Hamas group.

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