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Barghouthi supports Fatah, Hamas reconciliation

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah speaks during his meeting with Palestinian groups in Gaza City, Gaza on 4 October 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency ]

Member of the Fatah Central Committee, Marwan Barghouthi, who is being held in Israeli prisons, has called on Fatah and Hamas to engage in sincere dialogue based on all previous agreements in order to fully achieve reconciliation.

“The dialogue will establish a new era of partnership between the PLO, the Palestinian Authority, the Palestinian government and all the Palestinian institutions and sectors,” Barghouthi said in a letter to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, stressing that the dialogue between Fatah and Hamas is “a preparatory stage for a comprehensive national dialogue with the participation of all factions”.

He stressed the need to come up with a new Palestinian consensus strategy that would restore Palestinian unity, mobilise its national energies and lead to conducting presidential and legislative elections and renew membership in the Palestinian National Council in order to renew the Palestinian political system.

We have always stressed that national unity leads all liberation movements to victory

he said.

Barghouthi praised the Egyptian mediation efforts aimed at ending the division and achieving national reconciliation.

He called on Hamas to transfer all powers to the national reconciliation government and enable it to carry out its duties.

He also called on the Palestinian government to accelerate solving the Gaza Strip’s electricity crisis, to reopen all border crossings and help create job opportunities in the besieged enclave.

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