Turkish president meets Palestinian counterpart

Gul and Abbas discussed the Middle East peace process and efforts for Palestinian reconciliation

Gul and Abbas discussed the Middle East peace process and efforts for Palestinian reconciliation

Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday held talks, discussing the latest developments in the Middle East and Palestine.

Gul and Abbas met at the Tarabya Presidential Mansion in Istanbul.

The two presidents took up issues such as bilateral relations as well as the Middle East peace process and the efforts to reach a reconciliation between rival groups Fatah and Hamas, according to a statement posted on the official website of the Turkish president.

The statement cited Gul as telling Abbas that the appointment of Turkey's ambassador to the state of Palestine constituted the first concrete gain from Palestine's upgraded status at the United Nations as a non-member observer state.

Gul also expressed hope that Turkey's move to send an ambassador to Palestine would set an example for other states.

Abbas expressed his gratitude for Turkey's long-term support and contribution to the Palestinian cause.

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday said he had asked Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to postpone a visit to Gaza planned for May.

Erdogan said last week he was planning to visit the Gaza Strip at the end of next month after a trip to Washington on May 16.

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