Yemen calls Qatar to propose inter-Palestinian dialogue

Yemen President Saleh, who met with visiting Hamas political supremo Khaled Meshaal, told reporters they had discussed ways to overcome the differences between the Palestinian factions.

Yemen calls Qatar to propose inter-Palestinian dialogue
Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh on Sunday called for rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah to hold a dialogue in Qatar like the Doha forum which produced a political accord for Lebanon.

Saleh, who met with visiting Hamas political supremo Khaled Meshaal, told reporters they had discussed ways to overcome the differences between the Palestinian factions.

The Yemeni leader, quoted by the state news agency Saba, said he had proposals which were supported by the Arab League and countries such as Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Sudan, without giving details.

"Just like Qatar managed to reconcile the Lebanese political forces, we hope Qatar will host an inter-Palestinian meeting," said Saleh, referring to the Doha accord of May 21 which followed a months-long political crisis in Beirut.

Also, Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal called on Sunday for the resumption of Yemeni-brokered efforts to reconcile rival Palestinian factions and Yemen said a meeting could be held in the Gulf state of Qatar.

"We support talks to resume the Palestinian dialogue on the basis of the Yemeni initiative with the aim of restoring the Palestinian situation in Gaza and the West Bank to what it was before and remedying all the causes that led to the Palestinian dispute," Meshaal told reporters.

Abbas dismissed a Hamas-led Palestinian unity government after the Gaza takeover.

"We support reconciliation," Meshaal said after meeting Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

Later on Sunday, Saleh telephoned the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, to propose an inter-Palestinian dialogue in Doha that would "serve the peace process in the region," Saba reported.

Agencies
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