Wed 26 Jul 2023 3:13 pm - Jerusalem Time

Erdogan hosts President Abbas, Hamas' Haniyeh in Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan received Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh in Ankara on Wednesday, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The agency stated that "President Erdogan meets his Palestinian counterpart, Mahmoud Abbas, and the head of Hamas's political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh," at the presidential palace in the Turkish capital.

This comes after an earlier meeting between Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh to discuss the ways to ease tensions ahead of a landmark meeting between all Palestinian factions in the Egyptian capital later this month.

The Palestinian Authority has accused Hamas of undermining its rule in the occupied West Bank, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad have charged that the PA security forces have quashed resistance, in particular in a wave of recent arrests.

Abbas met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as part of an official three-day visit on Tuesday, while Hamas' leadership scuttles between Turkey, Qatar and Lebanon. In their meeting, Erdogan pledged to continue his support of the Palestinian people. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to visit Turkey this week as well, but the visit was postponed after he underwent surgery to fit a pacemaker last weekend, and amidst widespread protest over his controversial judicial reforms.

After nearly a decade of tension, relations between Turkey and Israel have thawed in the last year. 


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Erdogan hosts President Abbas, Hamas' Haniyeh in Turkey