Russia to Receive Hamas, Fatah Officials in December

Russia to Receive Hamas, Fatah Officials in December

Thursday, 29 November, 2018 - 08:15
Head of Hamas delegation Saleh Arouri and Fatah leader Azzam Ahmad sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo, Egypt, October 12, 2017. (File Photo: Reuters)
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Russian Foreign Ministry sent an official invitation for Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh to visit Moscow next month.

The office of Haniyeh said the invitation was conveyed by the head of Russia’s mission to the Palestinian National Authority, Aidar Aganin, during a meeting in Gaza. The statement did not elaborate on the purpose of the visit.

During the meeting, Haniyeh hailed Russian efforts regarding the Palestinian issue, and the Russian diplomat, asserted Moscow “was exerting all efforts at all levels in terms of the Palestinian cause”.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki is also expected to visit Moscow during the same month where he will meet with his Russian counterpart on December 21.

Maliki announced he will visit Moscow to discuss with Lavrov bilateral relations and Russia’s role in the Palestinian political process.

“I will personally visit Moscow on December 21 at Lavrov’s invitation. We will, of course, discuss not only bilateral relations with the Russian Federation but also… possible breakthroughs in the political process and Russian-level efforts to restore the political process to its right track,” the FM told reporters.

Maliki stated that he is aware of the Hamas delegation’s visit to Russia. “This is what we heard, and it may be Haniyeh himself, and therefore we want to follow up on this matter to see what can be said in Moscow with the (Hamas) delegation.”

Meanwhile, Fatah movement ended the reconciliation with Hamas, saying it will resort to steps to undermine the ruling authority in Gaza Strip.

Member of Fatah Central Committee and head of delegation to Egypt, Ahmad al-Azzam, lashed at Hamas saying the movement does not intend to end the division and that his movement does not trust it.

Ahmad said the committee formed to implement the decisions of the Palestinian Central Council will convene next week to develop steps that undermine Hamas' authority in a way that does not harm the population there.

The committee is headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, who has previously pledged to take measures, which he described as “decisive”, against Hamas.

Ahmad explained that the delegation in Cairo, was told that Hamas presented some ideas and after two hours of long talks, Fatah rejected the suggestions. However, Egyptian officials demanded that the debate be held, as they are keen to maintain the unity and preserve Palestinian legitimate institutions.

Hamas is using the government of national unity, which was mentioned in Mecca agreement, as a cover to “hijack” Gaza and carry out a coup in it, according to the Fatah official.

"When we are confident that Hamas is committed to ending the division and hands over all the institutions, we will welcome a full national partnership, not just the unity government. We will then immediately move to the PLO and general elections," he added.

Top sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that Hamas had set unacceptable conditions such as toppling the government, forming a national unity government, partnership in the country’s security services, appointing the movement’s employees, and ending any measures against Gaza.

Hamas was determined to overthrow the current government headed by Rami al-Hamdallah with its spokesman, Moussa Abu Marzouk, saying the existing government could not put an end to the split because, according to him, it was part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Fatah rejected all Hamas’ ideas and considered putting an end to the coup carried out (by Hamas) in 2007 the "real introduction to reaching reconciliation.”

Hamas rejected those statement saying they pose a threat to people of Gaza and considered them a “coup” against Egypt’s efforts to achieve reconciliation.

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