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Hamas: Reconciliation not possible under Abbas rule

The head of Hamas in the Palestinian diaspora, Maher Salah, said Palestinian reconciliation is not possible under the rule of President Mahmoud Abbas, stressing that division is not in the interest of the Palestinians.

Speaking to Al-Resalah newspaper Salah said: "The movement, despite its keenness to achieve reconciliation, will not remain idle," noting that Hamas is working diligently to break the siege using all tools available to it.

The movement's leadership, he added, will visit the Egyptian capital Cairo this month to discuss bilateral relations and efforts to restore calm and national unity.

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Remarking on the movement's relations with Syria, the Hamas leader explained that since the start of events in Syria, Hamas chose to remain neutral and not interfere in the internal affairs of Arab countries.

Salah also remarked on Hamas' relation with Iran, saying Iran continues to support Palestine and the Palestinian resistance at various levels.

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