Hamas leader, Palestinian president in Turkey for separate talks with Turkish officials

10:42, June 23, 2011      

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Leader of Palestinian Hamas movement Khaled Mashaal had talks with Turkish officials on Tuesday, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in the meantime, is visiting Turkey.

Turkish officials have been searching grounds of both sides for reconciliation on the dispute over establishing a new unity government.

Mashaal met Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday in Turkey's largest city Stambul, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official told Xinhua.

Mashaal will leave Turkey on Wednesday, the official added.

The meeting came up ahead of Turkish leaders' talks with Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday.

Leaders of the two rival Palestinian groups were over a row due to disagreement on who will be the prime minister of a new unity government. Two leaders' visits to Turkey have come up following the disagreement, which led to postponement of the establishment of a unity government.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal delayed a meeting in Cairo on Tuesday, since Hamas opposed reappointment of Western-backed Salam Fayyad as prime minister.

Abbas will meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday.

Source: Xinhua
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