Hamas, Fatah to hold talks in Damascus soon

08:55, October 29, 2010      

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Hamas and Fatah have agreed to hold talks in Damascus within the coming days, Hamas-run news website reported Thursday.

Izzat al-Rishq, Damascus-based Hamas official confirmed that the two groups have agreed to resume inter-Palestinian reconciliation talks in Damascus soon.

The meeting supposed to be held in the Syrian capital on Oct. 20 has been postponed after a word skirmish between Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad in the Arab summit held in Libya earlier this month.

In September, the two movements held a three-hour meeting and published an official statement in which they confirmed to start practical steps to put an end to the rift between the two.

Hamas and Fatah have been engaged in a sour power struggle since Hamas swept its rival secular Fatah in legislative elections in 2006.

Last year, Egypt suspended its mediation role in the inter- Palestinian talks and ties between Cairo and Hamas have deteriorated after Hamas rejected the Egyptian-drafted proposal, raising reservations involving security and elections.

Source: Xinhua


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