Turkey, Hamas leader discuss Palestinian unity

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Posted: Jun 22, 2011 5:02 AM
Turkey, Hamas leader discuss Palestinian unity

An official says Turkey's foreign minister has discussed the Palestinians' faltering efforts to form a unity government with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal.

The Foreign Ministry official said the two met in Istanbul on Tuesday. The official spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity, in line with ministry regulations.

The official said Mashaal was scheduled to leave Turkey later on Wednesday and would not meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who is also in Turkey for talks with Turkey's leaders.

Abbas and Mashaal called off a meeting in Egypt this week that was meant to finalize a reconciliation agreement.