Meshaal Calls On Abbas To Implement National Unity Agreement

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Wednesday October 19, 2011 00:51 by Alaa Ashkar – IMEMC & Agencies

Khaled Mashal, head of the Hamas Movement’s political Bureau in Damascus, called on President Mahmoud Abbas, Tuesday, to hold a meeting with Hamas in Cairo next week to conclude all outstanding issues that are delaying the full implementation of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement.

Khaled Mashal - Maan News Agency
Khaled Mashal – Maan News Agency

He statements came as he met the 40 freed Palestinian detainees who were sent to Cairo before they are sent to three hosting countries, as Israel conditioned their release with forcing them into exile, as part of the prisoner-swap deal. The Hamas leader said that the proposed meeting would discuss the progress of the unity agreement between Fateh and Hamas, and would also review the path of negotiations with Israel, especially amidst the current deadlock. Hamas is not part of the negotiations with Israel, but wants to ensure Palestinian negotiators remain steadfast on the legitimate demands of full liberation and independence of the Palestinian people.

Mashal said that the Palestinians must learn from the way negotiations were heading in order to ensure they do not divert from their path, and do not allow Israel more chances to manipulate the peace process.

“Anyone who heads to the negotiations table without a proper base is like a fighter who goes to battle without his weapon”, Mashal stated, “Resistance taught us a valuable lesson; the enemy only bows to pressure, and does not compromise unless he has to”.

Earlier on Tuesday, Israel released 477 Palestinian detainees, as part of the first phase of the Palestinian-Israeli swap deal which includes the release of 1027 Palestinian detainees in exchange for the release of Shalit. The former captured soldier, who fell in the hands of the resistance in Gaza in June 2006, was sent to Egypt before he was handed by the Egyptian security forces to Israel.

Source & more at the International Middle East Media Center.

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