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Kerry calls on Turkish leader to postpone Gaza visit

Fears trip could hamper revival of Mideast talks

ISTANBUL — Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that he had urged Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to put off his planned visit to Gaza to avoid disrupting efforts to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Erdogan has said he plans to visit the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip in May after a planned trip to Washington, but the move has raised concerns. Both Israel and the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, who is based in the West Bank, are opposed.

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