Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hamas leaders meet with Erdoğan in Ankara

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Khaled Mashaal, the Hamas political bureau chief, and Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, discussed the current issues related to Palestine, including the Middle East peace process, with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara.
Erdoğan and the Hamas leaders met late on Tuesday. Sources from the Prime Ministry and the Foreign Ministry, speaking to Today's Zaman before the meeting, said that the agenda of the meeting would be the Middle East peace process and internal issues related to Palestine.

Meanwhile, sources from the Palestinian Embassy in Ankara told Today's Zaman that they were not informed by either Ankara or Hamas about the visit beforehand.

The visit by the Hamas leaders came amid Erdoğan's long-discussed plans to visit Gaza. The sources said that Erdoğan's planned visit would also be among the issues discussed at the meeting, also stating that the Hamas leaders' visit was upon their own request.

Erdoğan's announcement of his long-speculated visit this year came right after a US-brokered normalization process between Turkey and Israel in March. His visit was first declared to take place in April but was later postponed following Erdoğan's trip to Washington, D.C., in mid-May. The rescheduling was said to be at the US's request over concerns that the visit to Gaza could backtrack the rather positive process of normalization between Turkey and Israel.

However, a new date for the visit has not yet been specified, even though there is no official declaration of a cancellation of the visit.


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