The Palestinian Authority has denied that representatives of Fatah and Hama met recently in the Turkish capital to plan the proposed visit to Gaza by PA President Mahmoud Abbas. According to spokesman Nabil Abu Rudaina, senior members of both factions were in Ankara to attend a conference along with many other factions, but the agenda had nothing to do with making arrangements for any bilateral meetings. The denial was issued through official PA-affiliated media sources.
Abu Rudaina said that the PA leadership "is still awaiting a response from Hamas leaders over President Abbas's initiative to visit Gaza." He went on, "The movement welcomed [the initiative] at first, but then went quiet." Abu Rudaina called on Hamas to "respond promptly so as to save the Palestinian arena."
President Abbas, he added, "is ready to head to the Gaza Strip in preparation for forming a national unity government and holding presidential and parliamentary elections this year".