Abbas to visit Turkey for talks with Ergdogan on Israel-Hamas war, Palestinian reconciliation

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on February 5, 2024 (Nasser Nasser / POOL / AFP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on February 5, 2024 (Nasser Nasser / POOL / AFP)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Turkey on Tuesday for talks about Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, and reconciliation efforts between Palestinian factions, the Turkish foreign minister says.

The visit comes as intensive diplomacy is underway to pause the fighting and secure a deal to release hostages.

Egypt, Qatar and the United States have mediated in weeks of talks to secure a temporary truce by the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in a week.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan says: “There is a serious desire and effort to reach a ceasefire before Ramadan,” in closing remarks to an annual diplomacy forum in the Mediterranean holiday resort of Antalya.

Fidan confirms that Abbas will visit the Turkish capital Ankara at the invitation of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a vocal advocate of the Palestinian cause.

The leaders will discuss “the developments in Palestine, the current course of the war as well as the intra-Palestinian” dialogue, Fidan says.

Israel has publicly opposed a possible PA return to Gaza after it was booted from the Strip by the Hamas terror group in a bloody coup in 2007.

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