Erdogan meets Hamas chief in Istanbul over regional developments

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
ANKARA, June 25, 2019 (Xinhua) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses lawmakers of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara, Turkey, on June 25, 2019. Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday vowed to learn lessons from “the messages that given by people” in June 23 re-elections in Istanbul at which his ruling party suffered a historic blow. (Xinhua/Mustafa Kaya/IANS)

Istanbul, Feb 3 : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Islamic Hamas movement chief Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul to discuss the latest developments in the region, local media reported.

The meeting took place on Saturday behind closed doors and lasted more than one hour, reported state-run Anadolu agency on Sunday.

US President Donald Trump recently revealed the details of his Middle East peace plan, dubbed as the “deal of the century”, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry declared the plan as “stillborn” in a written statement.

“This plan is an annexation plan aiming to destroy the two-state solution and seize Palestinian territories,” the ministry said in the statement.

Erdogan also expressed his supports to his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas in a phone conversation on Friday, Turkey’s Directorate of Communications said.

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