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Turkey hails Palestinian unity Cabinet meeting

TURKEY HAILS PALESTINIAN UNITY CABINET MEETING

Turkey has welcomed the Palestinian unity government's Tuesday Cabinet meeting in the Gaza Strip, the first such meeting since 2014.

"Turkey will continue in the period ahead its support for efforts to conclude as soon as possible the process of Palestinian reconciliation, which we consider essential for the two-state solution and indispensable for lasting peace and stability in the Middle East," said a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement late Wednesday.

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been politically divided since 2007, when Hamas wrested control of Gaza from Fatah, ending a short-lived unity government established after Hamas swept 2006 legislative polls that were ultimately rejected by Fatah, Israel, and the international community.

Previous agreements for a unity government between Hamas and Fatah, Palestine's two leading political factions, failed to yield any concrete breakthroughs.

Recent weeks, however, have seen mounting hope that an ongoing Egypt-sponsored reconciliation process will be more successful.

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