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The State of Palestine signed an agreement with the Republic of Turkey on cooperation in the field of Education and Higher Education in Ankara. The agreement was signed by Dr. Sabri Saidam, Minister of Education and Higher Education and Dr. Nabi Avci, Turkish Minister of National Education.

The agreement includes different aspects of cooperation in all areas of education between the two countries to promote and develop the educational systems and guarantee a mutual benefit for both sides. In addition, the agreement gives a special emphasis on the consolidate efforts to deploy "FATIH Project" in Palestinian schools, in line with the Palestinian government's recent decision concerning the digitization of general education.

The signing ceremony was attended by the Palestinian Ambassador to Ankara Dr. Faed Mustafa, Turkish Deputy Minister, Mr. Orhan Erdem, Mr. Yousef Takkan, an advisor, and the director of FATIH Project, Mr. Onur Ak.

In a separate meeting, the two parties agreed to speed up the dispatch of a technical academic delegation to discuss practical ways of implementing this Agreement, considering this agreement as a historic development in the relationship between the two countries.

Dr. Saidam expressed his great pleasure to sign this agreement with Turkey, extending his sincere thanks and respect to the Turkish Minister for his great interest in speeding up the implementation of this agreement. Dr. Saidam also commended the Turkish efforts in supporting Palestine and the Palestinian issues headed by the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmed Davutoglu.

In a related context, Dr. Saidam discussed with the Turkish minister the possibility of opening two Palestinian schools in Istanbul and Ankara to serve the Palestinian refugees from Syria and children of the Palestinian community in Turkey. Both ministers also discussed the increase of scholarships and recruiting Palestinian teachers in the Arab and Turkish schools.