Skip to comments.Fatah Official: Reconciliation with Hamas 'Soon'
Posted on 10/15/2011 5:49:36 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad said Wednesday that impromptu talks with Hamas chief Khalid Mashaal in Cairo led him to believe "reconciliation talks" would begin "soon."
Al-Ahmad, who heads the Fatah delegation in talks with Hamas, told reporters after the meeting was arranged at the last minute as the officials happened to be in the Egyptian capital.
According to al-Ammad, Mashaal phoned Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and expressed his full support for Abbas' statehood bid at the United Nations in September.
al-Ahmad also claimed Mashal congratulated Abbas on his speech to the General Assembly in New York on Sept. 23 saying it represented all of the 'Palestinian people.'
But observers were skeptical noting Hamas had withheld support for Abbas' bid, loudly criticized it as a unilateral move taken without their consent, and banned rallies in Gaza supporting it.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum previously insisted Hamas leadership in Damascus and Gaza were united in rejecting the UN initiative.
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