SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 2 February 2023, Thursday |

Abbas: ‘No reconciliation talks with Hamas unless international resolutions recognised’

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has confirmed that unless Hamas recognizes international resolutions, he will not accept any reconciliation talks.

Responding to a letter passed to him by prominent Palestinian businessman Munib Al-Masri, who met with Hamas leadership in Gaza and abroad, Abbas wrote: “Hamas has to recognize the international resolutions in order to be a partner.”

In the letter he passed to Abbas, Al-Masri described his meetings with Hamas leadership as “positive” and reiterated Hamas’s intention to end the internal Palestinian division and reach a national reconciliation.

Abbas stressed that “there would be no dialogue with them (Hamas)” unless he is sent a letter by Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh, signed with his name.

Responding to Abbas’s conditions, Hamas Spokesperson Abdul-Latif Al-Qanou announced in a statement: “Any national dialogue should be based on Cairo understandings.”

He described Abbas’s conditions as a “surrender” to the Zionists and stated: “It is opposed with the Palestinian national consensus.”

The Hamas official described Abbas’s stance as a “big obstacle” ahead of reaching national unity based on the Cairo understandings, which are being accepted by all Palestinian factions.