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Turkish MP praises Hamas' new charter as a 'leap forward'

Chairman ofChairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal (C) expresses a new vision and policy of Hamas in Doha, Qatar on 1 May, 2017 [Ahmed Youssef Elsayed Abdelrehim/Anadolu Agency]the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Mashal (C) expresses a new vision and policy of Hamas in Doha, Qatar on May 1, 2017 [Ahmed Youssef Elsayed Abdelrehim/Anadolu Agency]
Chairman of the Hamas Political Bureau, Khaled Meshaal (C) expresses a new vision and policy of Hamas in Doha, Qatar on 1 May, 2017 [Ahmed Youssef Elsayed Abdelrehim/Anadolu Agency]

Turkish lawmaker Edin Onal described yesterday Hamas' new document as a "leap forward," denying that it represents retreat or concession, Egyptian website Mugtama reported.

In a statement reported by Turkey's state-run Anadolu, Onal said "Hamas' renewal of its political document opens an important door for supporting the Palestinian cause in international arenas."

He also expressed his joy that the document "draws new paths for the relationship between Hamas and the PLO," which is the national Palestinian representative inside Palestine and in the diaspora.

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"Rapprochement between Hamas and the PLO consolidates the Palestinian resistance and builds up international support for the Palestinian cause," Onal added.

The Turkish MP noted that the latest UNESCO resolution that determined Jerusalem as an "occupied city" and as not Jewish is the "first positive" result of the new Hamas document.

On Monday, Hamas launched a 42-article document in the Qatari capital Doha that stated it is ready to accept a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders as an interim solution and if there was a national agreement on this. It also stated that Jews are not its enemy, but Zionists.

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