Hamas to Arab nations: Act like Russia for talks

Islamic Hamas movement welcomed on Wednesday Russian efforts to mediate between Hamas and Fatah, calling on Arab nations to act like Russia.

Hamas to Arab nations: Act like Russia for talks
Islamic Hamas movement welcomed on Wednesday Russian efforts to mediate between Hamas and Fatah, calling on Arab nations to act like Russia.

Russia has reportedly invited Hamas' politburo chief Khaled Mashaal for talks in Moscow a day after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Russian officials in his visit to Moscow.

"Russia is an objective side and we welcome its mediation and wait a similar role by the Arabs," Hamas said in a statement sent to the press.

Abbas has repeatedly rejected to renew dialogue with Hamas unless the Islamic movement returns the Palestinian Authority compounds that were captured.

During his three-day visit to Moscow, which was initially scheduled for June, but was postponed when Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in mid June, Abbas said he has agreed to talk with Hamas given situation returns to normal, "to what it was before Hamas seized Gaza in June."

While Russia promised to provide humanitarian aid to the Palestinian Authority and send 50 armored personnel carriers there, and keep ties with Hamas in a bid to promote dialogue.

Hamas has appealed several times for Abbas to negotiate but Abbas rejected it.

Agencies
Last Mod: 01 Ağustos 2007, 19:18
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