Abbas and Erdoğan meet in Turkey to discuss peace talks

By JPOST.COM STAFF
December 6, 2010 13:47

Turkish prime minister supports establishment of Palestinian state with 1967 borders, asks Fatah and Hamas to reconcile.

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PA President Mahmoud Abbas

PA President Mahmoud Abbas. (photo credit: AP)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Ankara, Turkey on Sunday.

According to a report by the Palestinian news agency WAFA, cited by Ma'an news agency, the PA Ambassador to Turkey, Nabil Ma'roof, said the Turkish leader agreed to pledge to support a bid for the establishment of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders.  He also agreed to speak with the leaders of all those nations with which Turkey had diplomatic relations.

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The report also cites that Erdogan would contribute $10 million to the construction of an industrial zone in Jenin to support economic development in the West Bank.

On a potential reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas, the report cites Erdogan said to Abbas, "you must unite to be strong."

The meeting between the two leaders came after Abbas met with Jordan's King Abdullah II on Sunday and announced that a US proposal to bolster troubled Middle East peace talks was expected within days, reported Palestinian news agency Ma'an.


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