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Turkey's Fidan travels to UAE, Qatar, seeks mediation on Israel-Hamas war

The top Turkish diplomat, who met with the Emirati leaders in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, is set to travel to Qatar, where Hamas' political bureau is based.
Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan and UAE's President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed meet on Oct. 24, 2023.

ANKARA — Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday and will head to Qatar next as Ankara is seeking to raise its mediator role in the Israel-Hamas war.

UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Fidan discussed ways to deliver humanitarian assistance to Gaza and to achieve peace during their meeting in Abu Dhabi, the Emirati state news agency reported. The Turkish Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, released a photo of the duo in a social media post without providing more details.

The Turkish ministry separately said that Fidan would travel to Doha to meet with his Qatari counterpart and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim, as well as Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Wednesday.

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