Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has sent an official invitation to Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah to visit Turkey, the country's NTV channel reported. According to the network, the invitation came upon the recommendation of Hamas politburo chief Khaled Meshaal. A similar report was published last week in a Kuwaiti newspaper.
Nasrallah will visit turkey soon and will leave Lebanon "with the help of the Iranian Revolutionary guards for fears that Israel would assassinate him," NTV said.
Meshaal has convinced Erdogan that such a step would increase the Turkish prime minister's popularity in the Arab and Islamic worlds and would further embarrass Israel in the wake of its deadly raid on the Gaza-aid flotilla.
The Turkish government neither denied nor confirmed the report.