World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Khaled Mashaal, Hamas political bureau chief, on Thursday that he welcomed the reconciliation deal between the two rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on forming a national unity government.
Palestinian factions have signed a deal that aims to end the longstanding schism between rivals Fatah and Hamas. According to the deal, a new government will be formed within weeks with simultaneous presidential and parliamentary polls to follow later this year.
Mashaal called Erdogan and informed him about the deal with Fatah, according to the Turkish Prime Ministry.
Erdogan reportedly told Mashaal that Turkey gives a great importance to the compromise among Palestinian groups and the national unity of Palestinians.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also reaffirmed support to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashaal, and Ismail Haniyeh, Gaza Prime Minister said over the phone.
Palestine attaches great importance to Turkey's support, according to diplomatic sources.
Hamas invited to Fatah meet for 1st time since 2007
Meanwhile, Salim al-Zanoon, speaker of the Palestinian National Council, said Thursday that he had invited representatives from Palestinian resistance faction Hamas to attend a council meeting in Ramallah on Saturday and Sunday.
It is the first time for Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, to be invited to such a meeting since tensions emerged between it and Fatah, which rules the occupied West Bank, in 2007.
"We hope Hamas can send representatives to next month's council meeting if it fails to send representatives to this month's meeting," al-Zanoon told Anadolu Agency.
Relations between Fatah and Hamas had been tense since the latter seized control of the Gaza Strip following deadly clashes with pro-Fatah forces in 2007 – one year after Hamas defeated Fatah in Palestinian legislative polls.
Al-Zanoon said Hamas would be allotted with 15 seats in the Palestinian National Council, the legislative body of the Palestine Liberation Organization.
Discussions at the upcoming council meeting are expected to cover a range of issues, including ongoing peace talks with Israel and healing inter-Palestinian rifts.
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