Hamas Chief Meets With Turkey PM on Palestinian Reconciliation

Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan says there are 'positive developments' regarding Fatah-Hamas ties, Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reports.

Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshal visited Turkey on Friday for talks on Palestinian reconciliation and other developments in the Middle East, the Turkish newspaper Today's Zaman reported.

Meshal met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Friday afternoon.

Meshal and Erdogan in Turkey March 16, 2012 (Reuters)
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The meeting reportedly focused on Palestinian reconciliation.

“There are positive developments regarding relations between Hamas and Fatah," Erdogan told reporters before the meeting. "We will assess these developments."

Fatah, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, have been attempting to implement a reconciliation agreement brokered by Egypt and signed last year in Cairo. That agreement included the formation of a unity government and the holding of elections in May 2012.

Israel has rejected the agreement, refusing to negotiate with a government involving Hamas, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel.