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UPDATED: 07:46, June 20, 2005
Hamas reveals meeting with German official
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A leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) revealed Sunday that Hamas leaders have met with a German government advisor in the Palestinian territories.

Mahmoud Zahar told the al-Hayat al Jadeeda daily that he met with the German official in Gaza on Friday after the official had a meeting with Hamas leader in the West Bank Sheikh Hassan Youssef.

"I met on Friday with the German official who wants to know real conditions and policies of Hamas and what is going on in the Palestinian political arena," Zahar said.

He said that the meeting discussed issues about the EU and US position and Palestinian internal affairs, including Hamas' vision on what is happening in the Palestinian context.

The latest contact came after Hamas announced last week that it has held several meetings with the European Union in and outside the Palestinian territories especially after the Palestinian local election, in which Hamas put up a strong performance.

Hamas, which means "zeal" in Arabic, emerged in the first Palestinian uprising in 1987 and vowed to destroy Israel.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, currently on a Mideast tour, said Saturday that the US government still considers Hamas a terrorist organization and does not hold contact with it.

Source: Xinhua

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