AA / Istanbul
Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan has said that it is not possible to establish lasting peace and stability in the region as long as Israel continues its policy of occupation and annexation of Palestinian territories.
The Turkish presidency’s communications department said in a statement on Saturday that President Erdogan and his Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas had held a bilateral meeting and a delegation-level meeting at the “Vahdettin” Palace in Istanbul.
The statement said the two presidents discussed ways to strengthen Turkish-Palestinian relations, in addition to regional developments.
During the meeting, Erdogan stressed that Turkey will not remain silent in the face of Israeli injustice in Palestine.
He expressed his gratitude for the course of positive relations with Palestine at all levels, especially in the fields of economy, trade, culture, education and tourism.
He added that Turkey will continue to support the process of internal Palestinian reconciliation.
The Turkish delegation included Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, President of the Directorate of Religious Affairs of Turkey Ali Erbas, Head of Intelligence Services (MIT) Hakan Fidan, Head of Communication Department of the Turkish Presidency, Fahrettin Altun, presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin and senior advisor to the Turkish president, Sefer Turan.
The Palestinian delegation included Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, Minister of Civil Affairs Hussein al-Sheikh, Presidential Advisor for Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud al-Habbash, Chief Intelligence Officer General Majid Faraj, the adviser to the president diplomat Majdi al-Khalidi and the Palestinian ambassador to Ankara Faed Mustafa.
A statement from the Turkish presidency’s communications department on Friday said Abbas’s visit will continue from July 9 to 11 to discuss bilateral relations between the two sides in all respects.
* Translated from Arabic by Wejden Jlassi
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