Turkey praises new Palestinian cabinet of Hamas, Fatah

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Turkey congratulated the new unified government line-up of "brother" Palestine on Monday, Anadolu Agency reported.

"The unity of the Palestinian people is essential for permanent peace in the region. Therefore, we call on the international community to support the new government in Palestine," said a statement by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

Outgoing Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has welcomed the announcement of a new Palestinian government, pledging Monday to cooperate with the new government.

"Today we turn over the reins of government with the Palestinian resistance in good shape," Haniyeh said in a televised address from the Gaza Strip.

A short time earlier, a new cabinet was sworn in by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. The move came following the recent reconciliation agreement between Abbas' Fatah movement and rival Palestinian faction Hamas.

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