World Bulletin/News Desk
Palestinian national unity government ministers based in the Gaza Strip on Thursday took the oath of office through video conference with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the other side in the occupied West Bank.
"Four ministers from Gaza were sworn in by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah," Mamoun Abu Shahla, the labor minister in the government, told Anadolu Agency in Gaza.
The Palestinian national unity government was sworn in on June 2, but government ministers from the Gaza Strip had been blocked by Israeli authorities from arriving in the West Bank for the swearing-in ceremony.
Abu Shahla said the four Gaza ministers who were sworn in on Thursday were the minister of women affairs; the minister of justice; the minister of public works and housing, and him as the minister of labor.
British Consul-General in Jerusalem Alistair McPhail met Thursday with Gaza-based ministers of the recently-unveiled Palestinian unity government, Palestinian Justice Minister Selim al-Sakka said.
"European recognition of the national accord government is crucial to the Palestinian cause," al-Sakka told reporters following the meeting with McPhail at the British Consulate in Gaza City.
Al-Sakka, who said the new government was conducting routine meetings with foreign representatives in the Palestinian territories who recognized the new cabinet, asserted that McPhail had vowed to "seek international support for the Palestinian people."
A Palestinian government of technocrats was sworn in earlier this month in line with an April reconciliation deal signed between the Gaza-based Hamas movement and West Bank-based faction Fatah.
The government, which contains 18 ministers, should run the affairs of citizens in Gaza and the West Bank until legislative elections are held in the Palestinian territories within months.
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