The Austrian Foreign Ministry announced the summons of the Turkish ambassador after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements about cursing the Austrian leadership because of the appearance of Israeli flags on the roofs of administrative buildings in Austria.
On May 17, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara: “I curse the Austrian government for displaying the Israeli flag on the Chancellor’s office building. To raise the flag of a terrorist state on your state building means to identify yourself with terror. Apparently, Austria is trying to make the Muslims pay for its genocide of the Jews.”
“After these absurd statements by President Erdogan, the Turkish ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in the morning to make Austria’s position absolutely clear to him,” the Austrian Foreign Ministry said.
The escalation of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian movements “Hamas” and “Islamic Jihad” continues since May 10. As a result, ten people were killed in Israel, and more than 200 in the Gaza Strip. Earlier, Mr. Erdogan expressed support for Palestine in the conflict with Israel and said that he had held talks with the presidents and heads of government of 19 countries on the situation in the Gaza Strip. Clashes between supporters of Israel and Palestine began to occur on the streets of cities in Europe and North America.