Hamas and Fatah meet in Qatar for latest talks

Hamas and Fatah leaders meet to once again try to implement long-stalled reconciliation agreement.

Ben Ariel,

Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashaal (archive)
Mahmoud Abbas, Khaled Mashaal (archive)
Mohammed al-Hums/Flash 90

Hamas and Fatah leaders met on Sunday in the Qatari capital, Doha, for yet another round of talks about a long-stalled reconciliation agreement.

According to Hamas’s Alresalah website, senior Hamas leader Hussam Badran confirmed the meeting, but said no new agreements have been reached.

Both factions will discuss the reconciliation dossiers, and strategies to bring them to solid ground, Badran added, noting that Hamas would not accept “preliminary conditions” for the talks.

Hamas political bureau member Mousa Abu Marzouk would meet Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmed as part of the talks in Doha, according to Alresalah.

Hamas and Fatah are longtime rivals which have continued their never-ending war of words despite a unity agreement signed in April 2014 which sought to end seven years of bad blood.

The unity government between Hamas and Fatah collapsed in June when Abbas decided to dissolve it amid a deepening rift between the sides.

Since then, the sides have continued to verbally attack one another, with Hamas making the harshest of the comments.

PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has criticized Hamas for creating a shadow government in Gaza and blocking efforts to reach political unity.

Hamas has in turn accused the PA of executing a plan to "eradicate" the movement from Judea and Samaria, saying that an arrest campaign of over 200 members was carried out by the PA to target reconciliation efforts between the two factions.

Despite Badran’s comments that Hamas would reject any preconditions for talks, Hamas itself demanded just a month ago that it be permitted to join the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) as a condition for talks with Fatah.




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