Egypt hails 'opportunity' for Palestinian unity

Egypt hails 'opportunity' for Palestinian unity

Egypt hails 'opportunity' for Palestinian unity

In a move toward reconciliation, the Palestinian Authority, led by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, held its meeting in the besieged Gaza Strip for the first time in three years.

"In the West Bank some people are talking about a complete governmental takeover in Gaza, whereas within Hamas, the language being used is all about political power sharing".

The Israeli government had previously kept quiet about the latest attempts at reconciliation, announced by Hamas two weeks ago, despite showing strong opposition to any deal in the past.

The Islamist movement Hamas has run Gaza since its violent take-over of the territory in 2007 from the PA, which is based in Ramallah in the West Bank and is dominated by the rival Fatah movement.

He said all outstanding administrative issues, including the issue of public employees, would be gradually dealt with in the framework of the 2014 Cairo agreement "within the available resources".

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"I say on my behalf and on behalf of the brothers in Fatah and all the Palestinian factions that we are ready to pay any price for the success of Palestinian national reconciliation", he said.

Fawzi met in Gaza upon arrival with Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to discuss progress in government takeover of duties in the Strip.

Both Israel and the United States have classified Hamas as a terrorist organization.

After distancing itself from the Muslim Brotherhood by changing its administrative cadre, Hamas unveiled a new political charter in May amid structural changes.

Hamas's military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, has an estimated 27,000 men under arms.

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The Hamas leader added: "We want a government to dominate the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and carry out its work without any interference from anyone".

"If the region stays engaged, if Egypt's role continues, and if the political parties themselves continue to show the willingness they are now showing to work with us on this process, then it can succeed", he told AFP news agency.

"Hamas now isn't interested in ruling Gaza alone", said Ghazi Hamad, a de facto foreign minister for Hamas in Gaza. The Palestinian Authority and Fatah movement will invest all their efforts to help the reconciliation succeed.

He also pledged to prioritise aid programmes for Gaza's two million inhabitants, who UN Secretary General António Guterres said at the end of August were enduring "one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises" that he had yet witnessed. This reconciliation appears to be even further along than the 2014 effort, with Hamas willingly disbanding the Gaza government with an eye toward bringing it under control of a unity government, pending an election.

Hamas considers the entire State of Israel "occupied" territory.

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"Hamas demanded that the people's grievances be addressed in the meeting", he said.

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