Abbas says no preconditions on talks with Hamas

July 10, 2009 10:54 pm 

RAMALLAH, July 11 — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday stated he doesn't have preconditions on Egyptian- brokered national Palestinian talks.

"The interests of the Palestinian people are considered more than the factions, persons and the narrow interests," the official news agency, Wafa, quoted Abbas as saying.

He made the remarks during a meeting with Egyptian envoys who are visiting the West Bank to prepare for launching what Cairo hopes to be the final round of the inter-Palestinian reconciliation dialogue.

The dialogue aims at reconciling Abbas's Fatah party and Islamic Hamas movement which routed pro-Abbas forces and took over the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

Meanwhile, Wafa reported that Abbas has received a new Egyptian proposal for restoring political unity to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Details about the new offer which the Palestinian factions promised to study were not available.

In June, Hamas and Fatah failed to reach an agreement, promoting the Egyptian mediators to postpone the talks to July 25. (PNA/Xinhua) ALM

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