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Hamas delegation concludes visit to Algeria after presenting vision to achieve unity

January 20, 2022 at 1:26 pm

Protestors wave the Palestinian flag and Algerian flag in the West Bank city on 29 December 2017 [MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images]

A Hamas delegation concluded, on Wednesday, a visit to Algeria where they presented the group’s vision to achieve Palestinian reconciliation, the former Hamas Representative in Lebanon, Ali Baraka, said in a statement.

Baraka described the Algeria dialogue as a new opportunity to end Palestinian division, stressing the movement’s adherence to the “national partnership project”.

“Hamas is committed to achieving national unity, arranging the Palestinian house, and concentrating efforts towards launching a popular uprising that ends the Zionist occupation of our land and our holy sites” he said.

Baraka added that ending the division would come through the holding of presidential, legislative and Palestinian National Council elections, electing a new executive committee and chairman for the Palestine Liberation Organization.

The Hamas delegation, which included members of the group’s political bureau, Khalil Al-Hayya and Hussam Badran arrived on Monday in Algeria for talks on inter-Palestinian talks, Anadolu News Agency reported.

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On Saturday, a delegation from President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement arrived in Algeria for talks with Algerian officials.

Meanwhile, delegations from the Popular and Democratic Fronts for the Liberation of Palestine, the Popular Front-General Command and the Islamic Jihad are also scheduled to visit Algeria later in the month to prepare for the comprehensive conference.

A political and geographical division has prevailed in the Palestinian territories since 2007, when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip.

The Fatah movement has since ruled the West Bank, while Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip. Many efforts have failed to end the rift between the two rival movements.