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Turkish PM toys with Gaza visit

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Turkish PM toys with Gaza visit


Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday he may visit Gaza extending Ankara’s support of a bid to bring together Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas.

Egypt’s new leaders have set up talks between the two parties on forming a unity government.

Erdogan has himself become a hero in the Arab world for denouncing Israel’s offensive in Gaza in 2008.

In a news conference, the Turkish leader said: “I would like to travel to Gaza after a visit to Egypt but those plans are not definite yet. If conditions are right I will consider a trip.”

Separately Erodgan has once again exposed the deep divisions between Greek and Turkish-run Cyprus.

As he was leaving for a trip to Nicosia, the Turkish leader said his ministers will never recognise any Cypriot presidency of the EU. Cyprus is due to assume the six month rotating leadership role in July next year.

Erdogan says he wants a deal to end the island’s division first.

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