AA / Ramallah
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas thanked Turkey on Saturday for its political support for Palestine in international forums and for the help addressed to his country.
This was reported by the official Palestinian news agency “Wafa” after a meeting between Abbas and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, in which officials from both sides participated.
Wafa said that during the meeting, the two presidents “reviewed the latest developments in the Palestinian cause and ways to support it, the issue of Palestinian national reconciliation as well as the strengthening of bilateral relations between the two. country”.
“It was agreed to coordinate Turkish support efforts for Jerusalem and all Palestinian areas in the West Bank and Gaza,” the same source added.
Abbas stressed, according to the agency, “the importance of achieving a global appeasement, of ending the Israeli attacks on the Al-Aqsa mosque and neighborhoods in Jerusalem, of stopping settlements, demolition of houses and the like. criminal occupation practices against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. “
Abbas also stressed “the importance of continuing the joint economic committee between the two countries, welcoming the hosting of the next meeting of the joint ministerial committee in the city of Ramallah in the West Bank (without specifying the date).
According to the Palestinian news agency, Abbas called for speeding up infrastructure preparation in Turkey’s Jenin industrial zone to establish industries that benefit both sides.
On February 13, the Turkish Federation of Chambers and Exchanges “TOBB” obtained permission to establish an industrial zone in Jenin, later shared in the Turkish Official Gazette.
According to a presidential decree, Palestinian elections were to take place in three stages during this year: legislative (parliamentary) elections on May 22, presidential elections on July 31, and National Council elections on August 31.
But, President Abbas has decided to postpone the elections until April 30 until “the Israeli authorities allow Palestinians in occupied Jerusalem to vote.”
A statement from the Turkish presidency’s communications department said on Friday that Abbas’s visit will continue from July 9 to 11 to discuss bilateral relations at all levels.
* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni
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