President Abbas, Hamas chief meet with Erdogan in Ankara ahead of Cairo meeting

AFP , Ahram Online , Wednesday 26 Jul 2023

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met together with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at his office in Ankara, the official Anadolu news agency reported, a few days before a scheduled meeting between Palestinian factions in Cairo.

This handout picture provided by the Palestinian Authority s press office (PPO) on July 26, 2023 shows Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas (L) and the leader of the Palestinian Hamas movement Ismail Haniyeh (R) meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Complex in Ankara. AFP


The meeting was held behind closed doors, Anadolu said.

Hamas revealed in a statement the details of its leader’s meeting with the Palestinian president in Ankara, saying that both sides discussed the preparations for the Cairo meeting.

Hussam Badran, a member of the Hamas political bureau, said that the Ankara meeting "witnessed a frank and in-depth discussion.”

"The attendees agreed on the need to unite national efforts to confront the dangers looming over the Palestinian cause, especially the extremist Israeli government's project to swallow the Palestinian lands, expand settlements, and control the capabilities of our people," according to Badran.

"We emphasized that the outputs of the secretaries-generals' meeting must be commensurate with the aspirations and hopes of our people. Therefore, good preparation is required for the Cairo meeting, along with the need to create field conditions for its success," he added.

The meeting in Ankara was the first between the Palestinian president and Hamas leadership since July 2022, when Abbas met Haniyeh in Algiers.

On Monday, Hamas held talks with different Palestinian factions, according to the Palestinian news agency Al-Quds.

The factions discussed mechanisms to achieve unified results at the upcoming Cairo meeting to support the Palestinian cause and resist Israeli occupation, Al-Quds reported.

The meeting, called by Palestinian President Abbas, is set to be held on 30 July between Palestinian factions’ secretaries-general to address the recent Israeli attack in Jenin.

For years, Egypt has been hosting meetings of the Palestinian factions in an attempt to end the internal division that has been ongoing since 2007, but a series of agreements and understandings have not found their way to implementation.

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