Hamas has said it has agreed to hold reconciliation talks with the Fatah faction of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas, who is pursuing a peace deal with Israel, has ruled out dialogue with the Islamist movement unless it submits anew to his authority and gives up control of the Gaza Strip, which it seized in June.
But Hamas may be ready to do just that hinted spokesman Fawzi Barhoum: “No one believes that there is a way out of the
Palestinian internal problem without a return to serious dialogue. Efforts are being made by balanced Arab countries in the region to launch the Palestinian – Palestinian negotiations with the hope of building the Palestinian national project.”
Since June there have effectively been two governments in the disputed Palestinian territories – Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank.
While Abbas has been embraced by the international community, foreign sanctions and an Israeli blockade have driven Gaza ever deeper into poverty and isolation. An independent official said a meeting could take place as early as next week. But a senior Fatah spokesman denied talks had been set.