Erdogan: Peace process must involve Hamas as a player

January 1, 2012 23:23

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan said Sunday that any process leading to a solution of Palestinian issues must involve Hamas as a player.

Erdogan's comments were reported following a meeting between himself and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul. Palestinian media outlets reported that Turkey Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was also present in the meeting.

Erdogan referred to Israel as the “occupier” and discussed with Haniyeh what he termed the “Judaization of Jerusalem” and actions meant to make Arab residents flee the city, according to Palestinian media.

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