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Palestine won't object to Abbas-Israel talks

Written by: Staff

Gaza, Sep 12: A new Palestinian unity government will not object to President Mahmoud Abbas holding talks with Israel, a senior Hamas official said today.

But Ghazi Hamad, a spokesman for the outgoing Hamas-led administration, reiterated that the Islamist militant group would not recognise Israel.

The current Hamas government had always said the moderate Abbas was free to talk to Israel but that any agreement would need to be ratified by parliament where Hamas has a majority and serve the Palestinian national interests.

Abbas reached a deal with Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas yesterday to form a unity government the Palestinians hope will end their international isolation and revive aid.


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