United Nations envoy welcomes Palestinian efforts for reconciliation

Elias Hubbard
September 14, 2017

Hamas says it is ready to discuss reconciliation with the rival government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas without preconditions.

Fitiani stressed that Fatah "is adhered to three requirements announced clearly five months ago that Hamas must dissolve its administrative committee in Gaza, enable the consensus government to act in Gaza, and then discuss the formation of a national unity government and the holding of the general elections". Currently Hamas is still ruling Gaza since its coup against the Palestinian government in 2007, while Fatah continues to rule in the West Bank.

That the Hamas delegation, including its Doha and Gaza-based leadership consisting of Ismail Haniyyeh, Musa Abu Marzouk and Yahya al-Senwar were all welcome in the Egyptian capital was itself an achievement given the recent warming in the relationship between the Islamist group and the Al-Sisi government which upon ascending to power had eschewed Hamas as an offshoot of nemesis Muslim Brotherhood. However, He explained that there would be no meetings or dialogue with the Hamas delegation, now in Cairo, unless the latter clearly declares the dissolution of the administrative committee it had established to run Gaza affairs and enables the Palestinian conciliation government to carry out its duties in the Gaza Strip without obstructions.

Hamas had previously demanded that Abbas end a series of measures taken against the group before it would consider sitting down to discuss a reconciliation deal.

Hamas armed wing spokesman speaks during news conference.

Al-Qudwa hailed Cairo's efforts to push forward Palestinian unity, stressing that Gaza is "an important and basic part of the Palestinian national project".

The website Al Resala, which is close to Hamas, reported that the Egyptian intelligence had contacted Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior Fatah official, in an attempt to bring Fatah and Hamas sides' closer.

Haniyeh, and al-Senwar, whose trip to Cairo was their first time away from Gaza since their election, are expected to brief Arab and Muslim leaders in countries including Qatar and Turkey.

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