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Abbas, Mashaal hold first talks since unity deal
Published Monday 05/05/2014 (updated) 19/05/2014 12:48
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A picture released by the Palestinian Press Office shows Mahmoud
Abbas shaking hands with Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal on May 5,
2014 in Doha.(PPO/AFP Thaer Ghanaim)
DOHA (AFP) - President Mahmoud Abbas held "positive" talks with Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal in Doha Monday in the first meeting since their rival movements signed a surprise unity deal last month.

The meeting began shortly after Abbas held talks with Qatari emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, a senior Palestinian official told AFP in Ramallah.

"Abbas and Mashaal held a long meeting this afternoon in Doha to discuss the latest Palestinian developments, including the reconciliation agreement and creating a positive atmosphere in which to achieve it," a Hamas statement said.

"The meeting was positive, with both leaders expressing a serious willingness to turn over a new leaf, based on national partnership," it added.

The exiled Hamas chief has been based in Doha for more than two years after leaving his previous base in Damascus because of the Syrian civil war.

The last time the two leaders met face-to-face was in Cairo in January 2013.

Abbas's Fatah movement, which dominates the PLO, has been locked in years of bitter rivalry with Mashaal's Hamas since the Islamist movement took over the Gaza Strip in 2007 after winning elections a year earlier.

Earlier reconciliation efforts have failed, but on April 23, the PLO and Hamas announced a deal under which they would work together to form a new government of political independents.

Hamas said it might incorporate some 3,000 members of the Palestinian Authority's security forces to help police Gaza on a temporary basis.

"There is a clause addressing the security situation, including... administrative arrangements for 3,000 members of Ramallah's security apparatus to work as part of Gaza security," Hamas government secretary Abd al-Salam Siyyam said in a statement on Sunday.

He said the move would be for an "interim period," without saying how long it would be.
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1 ) Mel / USA
05/05/2014 17:13
Where are your red,green,white &black Palestinian Flag lapel pins,guys? Nation before factions!

2 ) Anwar / Qatar
05/05/2014 17:28
Very positive picture, thank you Ma'an for getting it out so quickly.

3 ) Wonderful news / Abu Maazen looks
05/05/2014 17:32
very relaxed and HAPPY good start for the new nation

4 ) oscar / Namibia
05/05/2014 17:43
Israel came to a complete standstill at 11 A.M. on Monday, as a two-minute siren sounded to mark Memorial Day. The official state ceremony for the fallen in wars and operations commenced immediately after on Mt. Herzl, in the presence of President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Benny Gantz. A ceremony remembering victims of terrorism was held on Mt. Herzl at 1 P.M.

5 ) ABE / USA
05/05/2014 18:49
So let me get this straight. They met for reconciliation. But there is still no country called Palestine. What are they accomplishing? I just read another article here in Maan where Hamas said they would NEVER recognize ISRAEL, Never give up resistance! HUNH?

6 ) Ahmed / United States
05/05/2014 20:53
"forget peace! keep the fight going so we can enjoy our power and money. we are corrupt and greedy like arafat!"

7 ) cashief / south-africa
05/05/2014 21:30
Positive move. Hope they can built on it.

8 ) @ Positive move #7 / Reality
05/05/2014 23:33
THIS UNITY, instead of turning 2 half-governments into one whole government, WILL TURN TWO HALVES INTO ONE HALF, and Palestine and Palestinians will have to pay a very high price for it, in poverty, joblessness, and the stigma of government-sponsored terrorism.

9 ) @ 3 YOU HAVE good sense / of HUMOR
06/05/2014 07:46
Abbas looks scared and helpless.

10 ) As long as Abu Maazen agrees / with HAMAS that
06/05/2014 08:38
they will NEVER RECOGNIZE ISRAEL the unification has a great chance of success.

11 ) Mel / USA
06/05/2014 15:38
p.s. If you look at that photo,you can almost see the Zionist HANDCUFFS joining the 2 wrists? PA Abu Mazen's has a velvet cover on it(for being a "good Arab"proxy).Mashaal/Hamas gets cold metal,for being democratically ELECTED!All Palestine's been shackled by ILLEGAL occupation too long! True Palestinian national unity is the vehicle to carry ALL Palestine forward,thru' international law(ICC/ICJ)not USG lawlessness. Palestine,is worth more than factional"wasta"&proxy "treats"!

12 ) Take It Or Leave It / Choice
18/05/2014 21:19
1- If "a new Palestinian consensus government" does Not renew talks with the State of Israel, and then make the required compromises on borders (Not 1967), capitals (Not E. Jerusalem), and refugees (Not returning), 2- Then a "new Palestinian" State will Not be created, and 3- Talks can only be renewed unconditionally, without any Palestinian "settlement" or border demands, and 4- The Option to "Take It (above) Or Leave It" (statehood) will forever remain The Only Palestinian Choice !!!!
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