The Hamas movement is holding secret talks with the rival Fatah movement of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a member of the dismissed Hamas government said Tuesday.
The discussions are aimed at resuming the general dialogue between the two movements which are entangled in a political stand-off, after Hamas beat Fatah in Gaza street battles and assumed sole control of the Gaza Strip in mid-June.
"There are local efforts and initiatives by the Arabs to bridge the gap between Hamas and Fatah but these attempts remain behind closed doors," said Ahmed Yousef, an aide to Ismail Haniya, the sacked prime minister of Hamas.
According to Yousef, Russia was playing a role in the mediation after separate visits to Moscow by Abbas and Hamas leaders.
"Abbas' talks with the Russians have boosted his conviction that the dialogue is the only way to restore Gaza [to its previous situation] and reunite the Palestinian people," Yousef added.
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