Erdogan meets Hamas leader amid reports of Israel deal

Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Mashal (L) and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R), pictured on December 19, 2015, have met again for unscheduled talks in IstanbulTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday met the leader of radical Palestinian group Hamas for unscheduled talks following reports Ankara was close to agreeing a deal on normalising ties with Israel. Erdogan received the Doha-based Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, whose group rules the Gaza Strip, at the Ottoman-era Yildiz Palace in Istanbul, the official Anadolu Agency reported, quoting presidential sources. Turkish press reports have said Israel and Turkey could hold final talks on normalising ties on Sunday but this had yet to be confirmed.

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