WorldPalestinian President wraps up "successful" visit to Turkey

Palestinian President wraps up “successful” visit to Turkey


AA / Ramallah / Awad Al-Rajoub

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas wraps up a “successful” 3-day visit to Turkey on Sunday, during which he met his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Palestinian Ambassador to Turkey Faed Mustafa told “The Voice of Palestine” state radio: “The visit will be closed today (Sunday). The President will return to the country after this successful visit.”

He added: “We were able (during the visit) to agree on several issues, including those relating to inter-Palestinian affairs.”

He noted that President Abbas informed his Turkish counterpart of the “efforts made by the Palestinian leadership to end the division and achieve Palestinian union” and that “the Turkish President welcomed this step”.

“Close relations bind Turkey to Palestine, be it in the economic, commercial or political fields,” said the Palestinian diplomat.

He further affirmed that Turkey is active on several axes and leads contacts with several countries “to support our people and their just cause, by coordinating the efforts with the Palestinian Authority”.

On Saturday, Presidents Erdogan and Abbas held a bilateral meeting, and another at the level of delegations, at the Vahdettin Palace in Istanbul.

During the bilateral meeting, the Turkish President asserted that it was not possible to establish lasting peace and stability in the region as long as Israel continued its policy of occupation and annexation of the Palestinian territories.

For his part, the Palestinian President thanked Turkey for its political support and aid to Palestine.

This visit comes in a context marked by an Israeli escalation in the West Bank, a fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and the interruption of inter-Palestinian dialogue.

* Translated from Arabic by Fatma Ben Dhaou

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