Russian Federation welcomes Fatah-Hamas deal on restoring Palestinian unity

Leslie Hanson
October 13, 2017

The deal brokered by Egypt bridges a bitter gulf between the Western-backed mainstream Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, a movement designated as a terrorist group by Western countries.

The Jordanian royal court said that king of Jordan, Abdullah, has made a phone call with Palestinian president Abbas because Hamas and Fatah reach an agreement in Cairo, Egypt's capital, Palestinian leader congratulates specified.

King Salman also lauded efforts exerted by President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi of Egypt and the Egyptian government in clinching the deal.

Citing an official source in the kingdom's foreign ministry, SPA said Saudi Arabia hopes the reconciliation will "realize the brotherly Palestinian people's hope of ending divisions and achieving unity".

Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement that details would be announced in Cairo later on Thursday.

The talks "began in the headquarters of the Egyptian intelligence to examine the files to enable a Palestinian national unity government to work in the Gaza Strip", he added.

Under the new deal, the two sides will form a committee to merge employees of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority with employees hired by Hamas (around 40,000-50,000), including security personnel.

Palestinian negotiators from rival Hamas and Fatah factions have signed a reconciliation deal at a short ceremony in Cairo. Hamas has thousands of well-equipped fighters who have fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

The talks follow a key breakthrough last week when Palestinian Authority prime minister Rami Hamdallah visited Hamas-run Gaza for the first time since 2015 and his ministers officially took control of government departments there.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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