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Erdogan: Turkey supports Palestinian unity government

October 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that his country supports the Palestinian unity government and the right of Palestinians to establish an independent state on the 1967 territories.

Erdogan made the remarks during a telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and the head of the political bureau of Hamas Khaled Mashaal yesterday.

According to sources from the Turkish presidency, Erdogan discussed the recent developments in the Palestinian arena with the two leaders, stressing on the right of Palestinians to self-determination and the establishment of an independent sovereign state on the 1967 borders with its capital in East Jerusalem.

During his interview with Abbas and Meshaal, Erdogan condemned Israel’s decision to establish 2,610 new housing units in East Jerusalem, as well as the ongoing attacks by Israeli forces against Muslims in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Palestinian leaders also expressed their concerns about the atmosphere of tension at the mosque which is caused by the Israeli police and Jewish settlers.