ANKARA, June 19 (KUNA) -- Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met
late Tuesday with Palestinian Prime Minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh and Hamas
leader Khaled Meshaal where they discussed the Turkish Premier's upcoming
visit to Gaza.
The two hour and a half meeting tackled latest issues of the Palestinian
territories under Israeli occupation in Jerusalem, the Turkish Premier's Press
Office announced in a brief statement Tuesday evening.
The meeting, attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, also
tackled bilateral relations between the two sides, as well as the latest
developments in the Middle East, focusing on the Syrian crisis, the statement
According to Turkish news reports, the meeting discussed Erdogan's upcoming
visit to Gaza, which was supposed to be conducted last May, but postponed by
US demands as it coincided with the Turkish Premier's visit to the US in
There is still no fixed date for Erdogan's visit to Gaza, which consists of
tackling need to complete the reconciliation process between Hamas and the
Palestinian Authority, and to agree on the formation of a single Palestinian
government, said sources from the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Erdogan expressed his intentions to visit Gaza last month, media speculated
reasons for the visit's postponement was due to internal developments in
Turkey after the bombings that took place on May 11 in Al-Rihaniya village,
adjacent to the Syrian borders, in addition to the outbreak of anti-government
protests in several Turkish cities. (end)
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