Fatah Praises Turkey's Efforts to End Division Among Palestinians

Published January 14th, 2021 - 12:14 GMT
Israel's prime minister on January 11, 2021 directed authorities to approve construction of 800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank days before President Donald Trump's pro-Israel administration leaves office. JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP
Israel's prime minister on January 11, 2021 directed authorities to approve construction of 800 new homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank days before President Donald Trump's pro-Israel administration leaves office. JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP
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Hamas, Fatah remain at odds since Hamas seized Gaza Strip in 2007 after several days of fighting.

A leading figure in the Palestinian Fatah movement thanked Turkey for efforts to end political division in the country.

Jibril Rajoub, Secretary General of Fatah's Central Committee, met with Turkey's Consul General in Jerusalem, Ahmet Rıza Demirer, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Rajoub’s office said in a statement.

“We are grateful to Turkey for its strong support to an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital,”Rajoub said.


Hamas and rival Fatah have remained at odds since Hamas seized the Gaza Strip from Fatah in 2007 after several days of fighting.

Representatives from the two movements held talks Nov. 16-17 in Cairo in hopes of accomplishing Palestinian unity. But, nothing positive came from the meetings.

The two groups met in Turkey In September and agreed to hold legislative and presidential elections.

Fatah said Nov. 25 that unity talks with Hamas were at a standstill because of a disagreement on setting election dates. 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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