Hamas, Fatah officials meet in Istanbul for Palestine talks

A high-level delegation of Palestinian officials arrived in Turkey on Monday night to sign a cooperation agreement between the enclave’s two main factions, Fatah and Hamas, which have been at loggerheads for the last 13 years, the Times of Israel reported.

The talks will focus on "ending the division and applying the directives of the conference of Palestinian faction heads," Fatah said in a statement on Twitter, referring to a recent joint meeting of Palestinian officials held in response to a U.S.-brokered normalisation agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates in mid-August.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh will lead the talks, the Times of Israel said.

Bahrain has followed in the UAE’s footsteps by announcing on Sept. 11 that it intends to establish diplomatic relations with Israel.

Some of the strongest condemnations of the normalisation agreements between Israel, Bahrain and the UAE came from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause. On Aug. 24, Erdoğan reiterated Ankara’s opposition to Israel’s plans to annex parts of the West Bank and to Arab-Israeli normalisation without the establishment of a Palestinian state during a phone call with Abbas.

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