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Hamas leaders meet with Abbas in Qatar, present ‘complete vision’ for
Oct. 30, 2016 11:36 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 30, 2016 5:06 P.M.)

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Leaders of the Hamas movement announced on Thursday
that they had offered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a “complete
vision” to achieving reconciliation between Hamas and the ruling Fatah

Hamas politburo head Khalid Mashaal, his deputy Ismail Haniyeh, and Abbas
met in Qatar on Thursday, at the home of Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs
Muhammad Bin Abd al-Rahman al-Thani.

The Hamas movement released a statement following the meeting, saying they
discussed challenges and risks surrounding the Palestinian cause,
“priorities for the Palestinian people at this stage, especially achieving
reconciliation and ending division.”

The statement added that the movement’s leadership “offered a complete
vision for achieving reconciliation via certain techniques and steps to
uphold previously signed agreements.”

The movement highlighted the necessity for “comprehensive elections on all
levels” and an agreement between the political parties “on a political and
resistance agenda to face the occupation,” specifically regarding the
expansion of illegal Israeli settlements.

Palestinian Authority (PA)-run Wafa news agency reported that during the
meeting in Qatar, Abbas stressed national reconciliation “and removing all
causes of division by forming a national unity government and holding

According to Wafa, the two parties agreed that achieving reconciliation was
the key to “saving the Palestinian national project and facing the Israeli
government’s plans of destroying the two-state solution.”

The relationship between Hamas and Fatah has been in a dire state after a
government of national consensus was dissolved in June 2015, one year after
it was first announced.

The two Palestinian parties have had particularly tense relations since
Hamas won legislative elections in 2006 and became the ruling party in the
Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, municipal elections set to be held earlier this month were
postponed following a controversial decision by the Fatah-run Supreme Court
in Ramallah. They were to be the first elections in the Gaza Strip in a

Officials from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority have criticized Hamas for
creating a shadow government in the Gaza Strip and blocking efforts to reach
political unity.

Hamas has in turn accused the PA of executing a plan to “eradicate” the
movement from the West Bank, saying that an arrest campaign of hundreds of
members was carried out by the PA to target reconciliation efforts between
the two factions.


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