US govt 'strongly objects' to Turkish President Erdogan hosting Hamas leaders
"Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and EU and both officials hosted by President Erdogan are Specially Designated Global Terrorists," US State Department said in a statement.
The U.S. Rewards for Justice Program is seeking information about one of the individuals for his involvement in multiple terrorist attacks, hijackings, and kidnappings.
President Erdogan’s continued outreach to this terrorist organization only serves to isolate Turkey from the international community, harms the interests of the Palestinian people, and undercuts global efforts to prevent terrorist attacks launched from Gaza.
"We continue to raise our concerns about the Turkish government’s relationship with Hamas at the highest levels," US State Department said in a statement.
This is the second time President Erdogan has welcomed Hamas leadership to Turkey this year with the first meeting occurring February 1.
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