Thursday 26 July 2012 - 07:01

Turkish PM hosts Hamas leader for fast-breaking dinner

Story Code : 182257
Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) shakes hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal during their meeting in Ankara on March 16, 2012.
According to Turkish TRT television, Erdogan hosted Mashaal and several other Hamas officials at his residence in Ankara on Tuesday evening.

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the head of Turkey's national intelligence agency, MIT, Hakan Fidan also attended the meeting, which lasted for more than three hours.

Details of the meeting remain unknown.

    Turkish sources had earlier reported that Ankara has excluded Israel from a fast-breaking dinner organized by the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Ankara for foreign ambassadors.

Ties between Turkey and Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, have been developing in recent years especially after Ankara-Tel Aviv relations soured over a deadly Israeli attack on a Turkish aid ship bound for Gaza in 2010, which left nine Turkish activists dead.

In January, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh also met with Erdogan at his Istanbul residence.