Wants Israeli apology - FM Davutoglu
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Turkey, Hamas moving closer

Turkish Foreign minister tells Hamas' Mashaal Ankara determined to break Gaza blockade

Best buddies? Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Monday in Damascus with Hamas' Political Bureau Chief Khaled Mashaal.


The two discussed ways to break the Israeli blockade imposed o the Gaza Strip, intra-Palestinian reconciliation, and the latest developments in the Palestinian theater.


The Turkish minister reiterated his country's support for the Palestinians and said Ankara continues to devote great efforts to breaking the Gaza siege. He added that Turkey insists on an Israeli apology over the lethal Gaza raid, compensation for families of the casualties, and an independent international probe of the incident.


Meanwhile, Mashaal presented to Davutoglu Israeli moves aimed at boosting West Bank settlements, "and especially in east Jerusalem." He also charged that Israel is attempting to "Judaize the city and expel its Arab owners."


The Hamas leader lauded Turkey's support for the Palestinians and Prime Minister Erdogan's efforts to break the Gaza siege, saying that Ankara's demands in the wake of "Israel's aggression" towards the flotilla are justified.


On Monday, Turkey's foreign minister also met with Syrian President Bashar Assad.


פרסום ראשון: 07.20.10, 15:14
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