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Abbas to visit Turkey on Saturday
Published Wednesday 17/04/2013 (updated) 18/04/2013 19:04
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Erdogan announced Sunday plans to visit the Gaza Strip.
RAMALLAH (AFP) -- President Mahmoud Abbas is to visit Turkey at the weekend for talks with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a Palestinian official said Wednesday.

Abbas will also meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu during the Saturday-Sunday trip, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Erdogan on Sunday announced his intention to visit the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip next month, after a trip to the United States.

The West Bank-based Fatah movement, a long-time rival to Hamas, has criticized Erdogan's planned Gaza trip as fostering intra-Palestinian divisions.

"Any official, Arab, Muslim or foreign, who visits Gaza without reference to the legitimate Palestinian leadership is blessing and consolidating the division between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip," Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad told the official Voice of Palestine radio on Monday.

Abbas must address this issue with Erdogan, he said.

Erdogan, a staunch advocate of the Palestinian cause, had previously said he would visit Gaza in April "to help the process" of lifting an Israeli blockade on the coastal enclave.

That announcement came a day after a breakthrough apology on March 22 from Israel for the deaths of nine people during a 2010 raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla which had wrecked ties between the former allies.

Aides pointed to scheduling conflicts for the scrapping of the April visit, but Israeli and Turkish media speculated that US Secretary of State John Kerry had warned Ankara over the trip's "potentially adverse effects" on the new thaw in bilateral ties facilitated by Washington.

Erdogan plans to visit Washington on May 16.

In Gaza City, Hamas deputy prime minister Ziyad al-Zaza told reporters that he hoped Erdogan's visit would present "new possibilities for ending the (Israeli) siege" which he said was costing the economy $250 million per month.
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1 ) this guy travels more than / MODONA!!!!!
17/04/2013 18:38
where does he get the money for all these hotels? and how big is his antourage?

2 ) AKeenReader / UK
17/04/2013 20:05
Why did the Emir of Qatar, Malaysian delegation visit go ahead.Were these visit had the blessing of Palestinian President?

3 ) shirleyS / Australia
18/04/2013 00:51
hamas and fatah shou;d leave turkey out of this it is only strengthen Iran /US hand and stabs AL in the back turkey full nato and is working behind scenes with IRAN while still demanizing Syria wake up ERDOGAN is US stooge Iran is hypocrite over Tiurkey all this against KURDS who have stood by palestinians against US and stood with ASSAD who deserve state like pals havestabbing them in the back is just weakening pals and INDIA OUT OF KASHMIR
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