Turkish FM meets Abbas, underlines Palestinian unity

Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan met Wednesday with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in New York.

Turkish FM meets Abbas, underlines Palestinian unity

Babacan underscored the importance of reaching a compromise between Palestinian groups and all Arab countries at the closed-doors meeting with Abbas, said diplomats who asked not to be named.

Abbas welcomed Turkey's and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's stance on Gaza crisis and said that the tragedy in Gaza should stop.

Babacan also had a meeting with British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs during his talks in New York where he attended a meeting of he United Nations Security Council that convened on Gaza.

He is expected to meet Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store too.

Earlier in the day, Babacan had met UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The top UN official praised and welcomed Turkey's active diplomacy and peacemaking role in the world, diplomats said.

Ban told Babacan that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was one of the first leaders to react to developments in Gaza and that he first talked on the phone with Erdogan about Gaza.

Ban said that he would launch a Mideast tour next week to visit Israeli and Palestinian territories, diplomats said.

Babacan gave information to Ban about Turkey's efforts to seek an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. Babacan and Ban also made a brief talk about Cyprus problem, diplomats added.

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