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Palestinian Factions Arrive in Algeria for ‘National Dialogue’

Palestinian Factions Arrive in Algeria for ‘National Dialogue’

Sunday, 9 October, 2022 - 06:45
From left to right, Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, Algerian President Abdelmajid Tebboune and the Hamas movement leader Ismail Haniyeh meet in Algeria in July. (AFP)

Delegations from Palestinian factions began arriving to Algeria on Saturday to participate in the internal Palestinian dialogue hosted by the North African country.

Algeria has taken it upon itself to host dialogue between Palestinians ahead of the Arab League summit that it will host early next month.

The National Conference for the Comprehensive Palestinian Dialogue is expected to be held in Algiers from October 10 to 12.

Thirteen Palestinian factions will attempt the rounds of dialogue, including the Hamas and Fatah movements.

Fatah said its delegation to Algeria will be headed by Azzam al-Ahmad, the official in charge of the reconciliation file, accompanied by a number of other members of the Central Committee.

Munther al-Hayek, spokesman for the movement in the Gaza Strip, said the Fatah delegation will go with a full mandate from the Palestinian leadership to end the division and unify the institutions of the Palestinian Authority and to provide all that is necessary for the success of the Algerian efforts for reconciliation.

For its part, Hamas said its leader Ismail Haniyeh will head the movement’s delegation to the national dialogue. He will be accompanied by Khalil al-Haya, Hossam Badran and Maher Salah, all members of the politburo.

Badran, head of Hamas’ National Relations Office, stressed Hamas’ readiness to work with full force and with the highest levels of national responsibility for the success of the Algerian efforts in achieving national unity.

Algerian President Abdel Madjid Tebboune said in August that his country was keen on the Palestinian reconciliation because a Palestinian state cannot be established without it.

Algiers believes that the unification of Palestinians is part of a broader plan to support them at the Arab and international levels and launch a new peace process.

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