Erdogan tells Hamas chief over the phone that he is pleased with reconciliation between Hamas and Fatah.
ANKARA - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Khaled Mashaal, Hamas political bureau chief, on Thursday that he welcomed the reconciliation deal between the two rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah on forming a national unity government.
Palestinian factions have signed a deal that aims to end the longstanding schism between rivals Fatah and Hamas. According to the deal, a new government will be formed within weeks with simultaneous presidential and parliamentary polls to follow later this year.
Mashaal called Erdogan and informed him about the deal with Fatah, according to the Turkish Prime Ministry.
Erdogan reportedly told Mashaal that Turkey gives a great importance to the compromise among Palestinian groups and the national unity of Palestinians.
Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also reaffirmed support to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashaal, and Ismail Haniyeh, Gaza Prime Minister said over the phone.
Palestine attaches great importance to Turkey's support, according to diplomatic sources.
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