Turkey’s Prime Minister has said that lifting the siege of Gaza is one of the three conditions that his government has set for the revival of its relationship with Israel. Recep Tayyip Erdogan made his statement during a meeting with his Gaza counterpart, Ismail Haniyeh, who is visiting Turkey as part of his first foreign tour since 2007.
A spokesman for the Palestinian government in Gaza, Taher Al-Nunu, issued a press release which gave details of Mr Erdogan’s “Gaza Development Project”, revealed during the meeting with Mr Haniyeh. The integrated action plan relates to Gaza’s infrastructure and metadata.
According to Mr Al-Nunu, Prime Minister Erdogan stressed that the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) is not a “terrorist” organisation but a movement that was elected by the Palestinian people. The will of the Palestinian people must be respected, he added.