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Turkish foreign minister says Hamas accept two-state solution, dismantlement of armed wing

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan said on Wednesday that Hamas will dismantle its armed wing after the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders.

"In our political negotiations with Hamas for years, they accepted a Palestinian state to be established within the 1967 borders and they told me that following the establishment of the Palestinian state, Hamas would no longer need to have an armed wing and that they would continue their lives as a political party," he said, speaking from Doha, Qatar.

Fidan added that, "in fact, I think this is an extremely important message for the step that the world public opinion will take on the road to the Palestinian state. I was pleased to receive such messages today."

Fidan has met with Hamas political leader Ismail Hanieyh and other officials from the group in Doha earlier on Wednesday.