The Palestinian Prime Minister has expressed his hopes ahead of a meeting in Mecca today between rival Palestinian factions. Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas will attend talks with a Fatah delegation led by President Mahmoud Abbas. “There may be obstacles, but we confirm we´re going with the true intention of reaching a Palestinian-Palestinian agreement that would end tensions and reinforce national unity,” said Haniyeh.
President Abbas is reported to have said he will give talks one last chance to form a coalition government between Hamas and Fatah. Haniyeh is quoted as saying they have no choice but to reach an agreement, which would end a crippling western embargo imposed after Hamas won elections last year.
Tensions rose between Hamas and Fatah in December when Abbas called for a new ballot, and since then more than 80 Palestinians have been killed in violence.