Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is in Turkey, for talks on the stalled Middle East peace process and the impact of a European freeze on aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government.

Mr. Abbas is to meet with Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his two-day visit.  He visits Norway, Finland and France later this week.

The United States and the European Union cut off direct aid to the Palestinian government earlier this year, after Hamas refused to renounce violence and recognize Israel.

Turkey maintains close ties with both Israel and the Palestinians, and has frequently offered to mediate their long-standing conflict.

In February, the Ankara government angered Israel when it hosted a Hamas delegation for talks described as a push to persuade Hamas to renounce violence.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.