Turkish PM Davutoglu meets Hamas leader Khaled Mashal

Turkish PM Davutoglu meets Political Bureau Chairman of Hamas Khaled Mashal in Turkey’s capital Ankara

Photo by: AA
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Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu shakes hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal.

Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Hamas leader Khaled Mashal in capital city of Turkey, Ankara on Sunday.

Davutoglu and Mashal held talks for over two hours in the Turkish Prime Ministry office in Ankara.

Mashal also met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Saturday.

The presidential sources said that Mashaal informed Erdogan of recent developments in the Middle East region.

The meeting came recently after Turkish diplomatic sources confirmed on Thursday that Turkey and Israel are holding talks to normalise relations more than five years after Israeli troops stormed a Gaza-bound aid flotilla in international waters.

Turkey earlier had requested an apology from Israel, compensation for the families of those killed in the attack as well as the removal of Israel’s blockade on Gaza to restore relations.

The first of these conditions was fulfilled in 2013 when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the attack.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday that negotiations were ongoing with Israel for the fulfillment of the two remaining conditions.

Meanwhile, violence between Israelis and Palestinians continues, with around 100 Palestinians having been killed by Israeli forces since October 1. Nine of those were killed in the Gaza Strip, which is suffering under a years-long embargo imposed by Israel and Egypt.

Incidents of violence between Israelis and Palestinians have increased since Israeli police carried out a raid on the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, one of the holiest sites in Islam and the alleged site of Solomon's Temple, according to Jewish scholars.

TRTWorld and agencies