Mideast: Hamas-Fatah agreement, Mahmud Abbas meets Meshal

Al-Ahmad (al-Fatah) travels to Gaza to discuss future premier

05 May, 13:55

    (ANSAmed) - RAMALLAH, MAY 5 - The Palestinian reconciliation process gained new momentum on Monday with a meeting in Qatar between President Mahmud Abbas and the political leader of Hamas Khaled Meshal. Also, al-Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad was dispatched to Gaza.

    ''President Mahmud Abbas will meet Meshal to discuss with him the steps to be taken in order to implement the agreement that has just been signed'' at the end of April, the leader of the political committee of Fatah at the Palestinian legislative council, Abdullah Abdullah, told ANSA.

    Abdullah added that on Monday the head of the PLO delegation, Azzam al Ahhmad, ''will go to Gaza to agree with representatives of Hamas on a future prime minister'' to lead a national unity government, formed by experts, which should be formed in five weeks with the external support of Hamas and al-Fatah.

    The cooperation of security services active in the West Bank (under the control of the PNA) and Gaza, under the supervision of Hamas, was also announced Monday to support the agreement.

    Media reports said 3,000 West Bank security members would be deployed in the Gaza Strip. Moreover, the spokesman of the Hamas executive, Ihab al Ghussein, said newspapers published in the West Bank - including Al Quds and the pro-government Al-Ayyyam and Al-Hayat al-Jadida - will once again be distributed in Gaza after they were banned in 2007 after the two factions split.


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