Israel initiated the controversial visit of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to Turkey in 2006, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Abdullatif Sener claimed during an interview with Turkish newspaper "Zaman Today."
Sener told the newspaper that "the visit was planned at the request of the Israeli government at the time."
“The official invitation was extended to Mashaal after a secret agreement was brokered between Turkey and Israel," the former AK Party deputy said during the interview.
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