Hamas’s political chief, Khaled Mashaal, is leading a visiting delegation from the Palestinian terror group to Turkey for meetings with senior Turkish officials.
According to Yediot Achronot, Mashaal met with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Thursday, and they discussed “political developments, the future of the Palestinian question, the situation in Gaza and in Jerusalem, and the Hamas-PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) reconciliation process.” A Hamas statement said the meeting was “positive and useful.”
The visit to Turkey follows Mashaal’s recent meeting in Qatar with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who invited the terror leader to Moscow. Additionally, Mashaal visited Saudi Arabia last month and met with senior officials there, including King Salman.
In recent years, Turkey has been an outspoken critic of Israeli policy towards Gaza and has provided refuge to some of Hamas’s top leaders, including Salah Al-Arouri, one of the founders of Hamas’s armed wing, the Al Qassam Brigades. Al-Arouri currently directs Hamas’s efforts in the West Bank.