Palestine advancing on reconciliation path: Abbas

12:18, June 25, 2011      

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Visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Friday that they were advancing on the reconciliation path.

Speaking at a joint press conference after talks with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Abbas said, "We keep advancing on the reconciliation path. We will not take a backward step."

Abbas said that they would exert every kind of effort till an interim government was formed.

Abbas said that they wanted to live as independent Palestine within 1967 borders side by side with other countries in the region.

Abbas said that countries which did not recognize "independent Palestinian state" should recognize the country to support international legitimacy, justice, peace and stability in the region.

Palestine also welcomed efforts by France and European countries for peace talks, he said.

Abbas, who arrived in Ankara for a four-day visit to Turkey, also held talks with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday.

Source: Xinhua
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