Turkey calls on Hamas, Fatah to unite for future

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Palestinian groups to end their divisions with a view to reach compromise between themselves.

Turkey calls on Hamas, Fatah to unite for future

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Palestinian groups to end their divisions with a view to reach compromise between themselves.

"It is a must that Hamas and Al-Fatah solve their issues. Because at this time, they cannot afford divisions any more. They need to take lessons from the past and act willingly for peace," Erdogan told a joint press conference with Syrian President Bashar al-Asad in Istanbul.

Erdogan rejected labelling Hamas as a terrorist organization, saying that Hamas was the democratically elected group for power.

"But they did not allow them to remain in power and they were removed from power. It is impossible to understand the world's attitude on this issue," Erdogan said.

"The same people who once branded al-Fatah a terrorist group now see it as the representative of the Palestinians. The same people who called Yasser Arafat a terrorist later gave him a Nobel peace prize," Erdogan said.

Erdogan also rejected severely Israeli allegations that passengers of a ship with the Gaza-bound flotilla that came under a deadly Israeli attack included people with "known ties" to terrorist groups.

"They were no terrorists. If they were then why did the Israeli government let them return to their countries," Erdogan asked.


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