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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Abbas in Ankara to discuss ME peace

Sat, 07 Feb 2009 08:54:46 GMT | PressTV

Mahmoud Abbas
The acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas has arrived in Ankara to discuss the Middle East peace with Turkish officials.

Abbas arrived in the Turkish capital on Friday to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the country's President Abdullah Gul to discuss the latest developments in the Palestinian territories, Press TV correspondent in Turkey, Mehdi Gholizadeh, reported on Friday.

Although Hamas has called for an election to be held to elect a new Palestinian president, the move was opposed by Abbas whose term expired On January 8.

In an interview with The Washington Post published Saturday, Erdogan said isolating Hamas is the reason for the ongoing tensions in the region and called for recognition of the Hamas movement to put an end to its isolation.

The Turkish leaders are expected to urge Abbas to play a constructive role in reaching a consensus among the Palestinian factions because it seems to be the best way to solve the Palestinian crisis.

Turkey was an active diplomatic player during the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

Ankara has reiterated that unity between Hamas and Fatah movements is the key to the success of the Palestinian crisis.

The Hamas government came to power after winning the 2006 Parliamentary elections with 74 of the 132 available seats. The rival ruling Fatah faction got only 45 seats.

Abbas of Fatah, however, fired Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya's unity government in June 2007.

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