ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 148

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Erdogan holds meeting with PA leader Abbas and Hamas chief Haniyeh

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (L)  and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Ankara on July 25, 2023. (Adem Altan/AFP)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hold a joint press conference after their meeting in Ankara on July 25, 2023. (Adem Altan/AFP)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met today with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh at his office in Ankara, the official Anadolu news agency reports.

The meeting was held behind closed doors, it says.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had also been due to visit Turkey this week, but his visit was postponed after he had surgery last weekend and as Israel is roiled by protests over contentious judicial reform.

After several years of tensions, relations between Turkey and Israel have improved over the past year, with several high-level visits, including that of President Isaac Herzog.

Erdogan yesterday promised to continue supporting the Palestinian cause and voiced concerns over the flare-up of violence in the West Bank in recent months, after meeting with Abbas.

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