Hamas, Jordan continue talks, ending 10-year silence

This is the first meeting since the boycott on relations that began in 1999 when Hamas leaders left Jordan's capital Amman, and their offices were closed.

Hamas, Jordan continue talks, ending 10-year silence
World Bulletin / News Desk

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said on Friday that the meetings seek openness among the Arab, Islamic and international communities as well as promoting "Palestinian legitimacy."

This is the first meeting since the boycott on relations that began in 1999 when Hamas leaders left Jordan's capital Amman, and their offices were closed.

"Such relations enhance and strengthen support to the Palestinian people supports them as they face challenges around the Palestinian question," Barhoum told Ma'an News Agency.

Asked whether the meetings between Hamas and Jordan were being brokered by any third party, Barhoum answered, "There are no mediators as there have been no disputed issues. They had their own attitude towards Palestinian elections [calling them fair and free] which we respect since it is not our policy to interfere in any country's affairs."

According to Jordanian daily newspaper "Al-Arab Al-Yawm," the meeting was held between director of Jordanian intelligence Muhammad Thahabi and Muhammad Nazzal, member of Hamas' politburo.
Last Mod: 15 Ağustos 2008, 18:33
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