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Palestine President, Hamas Chief agree to speed up establishment of joint committee

August 11, 2023 at 2:28 pm

Ismail Haniyeh, Head of the Hamas Political Bureau [Fazil Abd Erahim/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and Hamas Political Bureau Chief, Ismail Haniyeh, agreed Thursday to speed up the establishment of a committee to discuss prospects for intra-Palestinian peace, Anadolu Agency reports.

According to a statement by Hamas, Haniyeh spoke by phone with Abbas as part of the follow-up of the results of a meeting of Palestinian groups at the level of secretaries-general in Al-Alamein, Egypt on 30 July.

During the meeting, it was agreed that the establishment of an inter-group follow-up committee which will discuss all relevant matters should be expedited.

On 27 July, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held a closed-door meeting with Abbas and Haniyeh.

Erdogan said that Turkiye would welcome Palestinians resolving their differences.

Ankara strongly supports a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, including the establishment of a Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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