POLITICS > Turkish PM Erdoğan meets Hamas leader Mashaal in Ankara


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Khaled Mashaal. AA photo

Khaled Mashaal. AA photo

The prime ministry in Ankara was the venue for a meeting between the head of Hamas’ political bureau, Khaled Mashaal, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today.

The meeting, which started at 7 p.m. and lasted for three hours, was closed to the press.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, National Intelligence Agency (MİT) chief Hakan Fidan, Deputy Undersecretary for the Prime Minister’s Office İbrahim Kalın and advisor Sefer Turan were also present at the meeting, Anadolu Agency reported.

The meeting between Mashaal and Erdoğan came around four months after their latest meeting.

It came at a time when rumors suggest that Mashaal, currently in exile in Qatar, is searching for another place to live.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, sources from the Office of the Prime Ministry declined to give further information regarding the agenda of the meeting.

The latest meeting between Erdoğan and Mashaal also took place at the prime ministry official residence on June 18. Gaza’s Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and a number of members of Hamas’ political wing had also participated in that meeting.


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10/11/2013 1:02:22 AM

That's alright, Thessalonian. Yes, it was meant as a tongue in cheek comment (the emoticon for tongue in cheek isn't very good IMHO). I want nothing more than for Turkey and every other country in the ME to be at peace with each other and with their respective populations.


10/10/2013 11:36:00 PM

As a matter of fact I did! My regrets... Regards

Brit in Turkey

10/10/2013 7:14:36 PM

Baris: Thessalonian missed your smiley face.


10/10/2013 3:24:16 PM

Baris, your latter post conflicts with your former. Something rather unusual... Can you elaborate what does "abolishing Israel" mean and how are the "Turks" going to accomplish this? Regards


10/10/2013 12:19:14 PM

american american: "the irony is that there would be no independent palestine if the turks were still in control". In deed, american american, as there would be no Israel. Maybe the solution is in abolishing Israel, giving up on Palestine and putting the Turks back in charge again ;-)

american american

10/9/2013 11:42:58 PM

the irony is that there would be no independent palestine if the turks were still in control

Nuri Gotham

10/9/2013 10:45:28 PM

If the Kurds and Palestinans are granted independence all of these Byzantine games will come to the end !

Tekion Particle

10/9/2013 8:22:02 PM

@Aryeh Rapaport, come on, be fair, not all Turks are on board with AKP policies. It is the AKP mobsters who support terrorists not the Turks.

strömungs maschine

10/9/2013 3:05:25 PM

I agree with @ Baris ...


10/9/2013 1:39:57 PM

"Mashaal, currently in exile in Qatar, is searching for another place to live." Don't even think about Turkey, until you denounce terror and accept Israel's right to exist.
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