GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- President Abbas may accompany Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan on a potential visit to the Gaza Strip in the near future, a Palestinian official said Sunday.
"I believe if Erdogan comes to Gaza, he may accompany president Abu Mazen," Ahmed Yousef, former senior political adviser to Gaza PM Ismail Haniyeh, told Ma'an.
Hamas said on Friday that Erdogan told its leader, Khalid Mashaal, that Israel had promised to "lift the siege on the Palestinian people".
Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said he expected Erdogan to make a solidarity visit to Gaza "soon".
A visit to Gaza by the Turkish prime minister would represent a real breakthrough in addressing the Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip, Yousef said.
Erdogan would likely pledge financial support for projects in Gaza and his visit could encourage other regional Arab leaders to visit. more