Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Hayya: Hamas's calls for Abbas visit still pending

[ 05/04/2011 - 09:00 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Hamas politburo member Khalil al-Hayya has said his party's invitation for Abbas to visit Gaza is still up, but he emphasized that the visit should culminate in a comprehensive agreement and should not just serve as a protocol trip.

His statements came during a press conference following a meeting called for by Hamas gathering Palestinian factions and forces, including the rival West Bank-ruling Fatah party as well as rights experts and university professors in order to brief them about its vision on Palestinian reconciliation and the results of the recent Hamas tour in Egypt.

He reiterated that Hamas has a keen interest to reconcile with all Palestinian factions and end the national split and was confident that talks could materialize under a deadline to reach agreements on all pending Palestinian issues of conflict.

”We consider that we have begun the first step in working to form this Palestinian national dialogue, and we hope it will culminate as soon as possible, and we are prepared to work hard for that,” Hayya said.

He noted the possibility that new agreements would be built on the Egyptian paper documenting points already agreed upon by Palestinian factions.

The meeting came two days after Fatah representatives visited the Gaza Strip to hear what Hamas had envisioned for reconciliation. They promised to take that vision to Mahmoud Abbas.

Hayya was one of the Hamas delegates that met with the Supreme Council for the Armed Forces which controls Egypt as well as the new foreign minister along with Hamas politburo member and co-founder Mahmoud Zahar.

He said concerning the result of the tour, ”We found that the Egyptian leadership was prepared to create new policies for operations at the Rafah border crossing.”

”We were promised they would finalize the issue and allow all aid and procedures concerning easing affairs for Palestinians in Gaza, and to transmit the Palestinian cause everywhere.”

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