Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and President-elect Mohamed Muizzu discussed the situation in Palestine in a phone call on Saturday.

The leaders discussed the latest developments in the Israel’s ongoing assault on the Palestinians and the Turkish leader assured the president-elect that Ankara was doing its best to ensure peace and to provide humanitarian aid to the region, Turkish media reported.

The president-elect had earlier condemned Israel’s decades long occupation of Palestine.

“Israel should end the illegal occupation of Palestine immediately and return the lands forcefully seized from Palestinians. Israel should recognize Palestine as an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital within 1967 borders and allow the immediate return of refugees,” Muizzu had said in a post to social media on 7 October.

Erdoğan also congratulated Muizzu on his election win, the Turkish government said.

Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Türkiye and the Republic of Maldives were established in 1979. Other than the United Nations (UN) both nations are also part of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).