Turkish FM: Turkey expects Hamas to accept Israel

February 14, 2006 22:38

Four days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would invite Hamas to Turkey for talks, Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul told Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni Monday that Turkey supported the international community's three preconditions for accepting Hamas. Gul, in a conversation kept under wraps both in Israel and Turkey, stressed that Turkey accepted Israel and the Quartet's position that Hamas must renounce violence and disarm, recognize Israel and accept previous agreements with it.

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