World Bulletin / News Desk
Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during his visit to Ankara, sources close to the Palestinian organization, which governs the coastal enclave of the Gaza Strip, said on Monday.
A member of the movement's political bureau, Ezzat Rishq said in a statement on his Facebook account that a delegation from the movement headed by Meshaal on Monday had begun an official visit to Turkey.
The Hamas information office said the delegation is expected to meet with a number of Turkish officials during the visit.
In the meeting with Erdoğan, sources close to Hamas said, Meshaal and the Turkish prime minister discussed the recent situation in Gaza and regional developments, including the festering Syrian conflict and the issue of national reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah, which continues to administer the West Bank.
The dispute between the two factions has yet to be settled due to a number of disagreements over power distribution in a national coalition government and the status of Gaza, which is currently under the control of Hamas.
Turkey was a strong supporter and lobbied heavily in support of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas when he pushed for recognition of the Palestinian Authority as a non-member observer state in the UN at the end of last November.
Turkey also mobilized all its available sources for a cease-fire in November when Israel launched a massive air campaign against Gaza.
Ankara is also pushing for a political reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, saying disunity only harms Palestinian interests.Last Mod: 19 Şubat 2013, 16:15