Welcoming Abbas, Erdogan says he will not remain silent on “Israeli oppression” – .

Welcoming Abbas, Erdogan says he will not remain silent on “Israeli oppression” – .

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul on Saturday to discuss bilateral relations, reconciliation between rival Palestinian factions and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to reports.

The closed-door meeting took place at the Vahdettin Pavilion in Istanbul, an official residence attributed to the President of Turkey. There, the two leaders discussed regional developments and measures to strengthen bilateral ties, Turkey’s Communications Directorate said, according to Anadolu news agency.

“It will not be possible to establish lasting peace and stability in the region as long as Israel’s policy continues,” Erdogan said on Saturday, according to the news agency.

The Turkish president, a vocal critic of Israel, added that Ankara would not remain silent about what he described as “Israeli oppression” of the Palestinians, Anadolu reported.

Erdogan also expressed satisfaction with the positive development of bilateral relations with the Palestinian Authority, according to the report.

The meeting between Abbas and Erdogan lasted just over an hour, during which the two discussed the humanitarian situation in the West Bank and Gaza, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as efforts to achieve reconciliation between the various Palestinian factions, the Ynet news site reported.

Rival Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas, have already met in Istanbul for talks aimed at ending the 16-year break in Palestinian politics.

Erdogan has been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause during his 18-year reign. He accused Israel of “terrorism” against the Palestinians and recently said: “It is in their nature.”

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