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Hamas: Fatah set ‘impossible’ conditions for reconciliation

August 31, 2018 at 9:18 am

Hamas and Fatah delegations in Cario, Egypt on 12 October 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

An informed source in Hamas has described the conditions set out by Fatah for reconciliation as “practically impossible to achieve”.

The source, who asked not to be identified, told Quds Press that a Hamas delegation met on Wednesday with Major General Ahmed Abdel Khaliq of the Egyptian General Intelligence who is responsible for the Palestinian file in Cairo and he briefed them on Fatah’s response to the Egyptian proposal for Palestinian internal reconciliation, calm with Israel and the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Fatah’s response was negative, and presented a vision that includes practically impossible conditions and a diplomatic refusal to continue the course of reconciliation

he said.

On Sunday, Cairo hosted a new round of talks between Fatah and Hamas to discuss internal reconciliation, a ceasefire with Israel and reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.

Egyptian sources had said the Palestinian Authority insisted on leading the Palestinian factions’ delegations during negotiations on truce with Israel.

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