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    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement head Khaled Meshaal in Istanbul, media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has met Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement head Khaled Meshaal in Istanbul, media reported Saturday.

    The meeting comes as Turkey is expected to revitalize its relations with Israel, which deteriorated after the Freedom Flotilla incident in 2010, The Jerusalem Post reported.

    Media reported earlier that Turkey and Israel are set to meet on June 26 to declare they have reached an agreement on normalizing the strained relations.

    In 2010, a convoy of six ships, including one under Turkey's flag, tried to approach the Gaza Strip with humanitarian aid and activists on board. The flotilla was blocked and stormed by Israeli forces, resulting in eight Turkish citizens being killed.

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