ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s prime minister says he plans to visit the Gaza Strip in May after a trip to Washington.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has long expressed his wish to visit Gaza, said Sunday the visit will likely take place “toward the end of May” after a planned meeting with President Barack Obama in the US capital on May 16.

Last month, Obama helped broker reconciliation between Turkey and Israel, following the breakdown in ties after a 2010 Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla that killed eight Turks and a Turkish-American.

Erdogan has canceled previous plans to visit the Hamas-controlled region reportedly over U.S. concerns.

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