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World Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas to hold talks in Ankara

19:12  22 september  2020
19:12  22 september  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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Reconciliation efforts between Fatah and Hamas have failed over the past ten years. With new talks starting, many Palestinians are hopeful that the two sides will turn There is also the strategic issue of both parties finding a common political program, together with other smaller Palestinian factions .

The delegation will hold talks on taking charge of Gaza’s government from Hamas , the militant Islamic faction that evicted Fatah in 2007 and has run it ever since. “One is that the Egyptian role is overt, aggressive, and we basically have the same instincts as the Egyptians do when it comes to Hamas

Ismail Haniyeh et al. standing in a room: Palestinian leaders watch the speech of Hamas leader Ismail Haniya via videoconference during a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel and the United Arab Emirates's deal to normalise ties, in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank [File: Alaa Badarneh/Reuters] © [File: Alaa Badarneh/Reuters] Palestinian leaders watch the speech of Hamas leader Ismail Haniya via videoconference during a virtual meeting with Palestinian factions over Israel and the United Arab Emirates's deal to normalise ties, in Ramallah in the Israeli-occupied West Bank [File: Alaa Badarneh/Reuters]

Palestinian party Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority (PA) government in the occupied West Bank, will meet a Hamas delegation in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Tuesday as follow-up from a meeting earlier this month of the heads of Palestinian factions.

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The two rivals will discuss ending the internal division from when the Hamas movement took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after a pre-emptive coup by Fatah.

They will also hold talks on developing a strategy to face the challenges facing Palestinian causes, mainly President Donald Trump's Middle East plan as well as the recent normalisation of relations - by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain - with Israel.

On its official Twitter account, Fatah announced its delegation - which includes the Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub - arrived in Turkey "to hold meetings with a delegation from Hamas that includes its leader and his deputy about ending the division and implementing the recommendations of the general-secretaries' meeting".

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The rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah yesterday signed up to a Yemeni-brokered deal to negotiate a reconciliation, but hours after the signing Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said that everything would be on the table in talks with Fatah but the new dialogue had to include the West

After talks with the head of Egyptian intelligence, Haniyeh said Hamas was willing to dismantle the administrative board tasked with running the day-to-day Its management has escalated tensions between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, including its leader Palestinian President Mahmoud

A member of the Hamas political bureau, Khalil al-Hayya, said the meeting is an "extension of the dialogues between the Palestinian forces, to implement the outcomes of the meeting of the general-secretaries of the factions that took place in Ramallah".

Al-Hayya added Hamas was eager to achieve national unity to lead a comprehensive national strategy in the face of challenges and plans that target the Palestinian cause.

General elections

On September 3, PA President Mahmoud Abbas held a meeting where the heads of Palestinian factions agreed to consolidate a peaceful transfer of power through free and fair elections according to proportional representation.

Earlier, Rajoub had announced the Palestinians were heading in the direction of general elections, adding that "their decision is in their hands, far from the influence and care of any regional party".

The Palestinians have not held general elections since 2006, and the internal division began a year later due to the conflict that took place between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Since then, all attempts by the two sides to reconcile have failed.

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