Turkey deputy PM: Palestinian unity positive for region

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Deputy PM Emrullah Isler praised agreement for Palestinian unity government

Deputy PM Emrullah Isler praised agreement for Palestinian unity government

PRISTINA, Kosovo - The groundbreaking agreement between Palestinian rival movements Fatah and Hamas to form a national unity government will contribute to Middle East peace, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Emrullah Isler said Thursday.

"This agreement will lead to a strengthening of the communication and dialogue between the two sides. I hope it will be long-term," said Isler during an official visit to Kosovo, where he met with Kosovo's prime minister and parliament speaker.

"This conciliation should have happened earlier. For sure it will result positively for Palestinians but also for the entire region. Divisions within Palestine were a serious obstacle to peace," he said.

According to the agreement, presidential and parliamentary elections should be held at least six months after the unity government's formation.

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