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Hamas Politburo: Reconciliation Should be Based on Partnership

Hamas Politburo: Reconciliation Should be Based on Partnership

Wednesday, 11 July, 2018 - 10:00
Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh waves as he arrives to deliver a farewell speech for his former position as a Hamas government Prime Minister, in Gaza City June 2, 2014. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/File Photo
Ramallah – Asharq Al-Awsat

Hamas Politburo announced on Tuesday that it has accepted Egypt’s invitation to visit Cairo to discuss latest developments in the Palestinian and Arab arenas.

Following a meeting attended by the Politburo members and headed by Ismail Haniyeh, the movement said it had decided to accept the invitation for dialogue, underlining its willingness to achieve national reconciliation and unity on the basis of partnership in the resistance and the decision-making.

“The optimal condition for achieving this reconciliation is to immediately lift unjust sanctions on the Gaza Strip and to rebuild the PLO through a new national unity council, according to the Beirut 2017 outputs and the comprehensive implementation of the Cairo Agreement of 2011,” the statement said.

Hamas issued the statement hours before the expected arrival of a delegation of six members of the Politburo - four from abroad and two from the Gaza Strip - headed by Saleh al-Arouri, Haniyeh’s deputy.

The Politburo also welcomed “efforts exerted to alleviate the suffering of our besieged people in the Gaza Strip”, adding that it was open to all serious initiatives with “an open mind and heart”.

While it valued the efforts exerted by more than one party in this regard, it accused the Palestinian Authority of disrupting these endeavors.

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