Hamas says not informed of inter-Palestinian deal date
Islamic Hamas movement on Tuesday denied being informed of a specific date to sign a national unity deal, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party voiced readiness to reach reconciliation in this month, Xinhua reported.
Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said after talks with Abbas in Amman on Monday that rival Palestinian factions will sign a reconciliation agreement in Cairo on Oct. 26.
Egypt has been mediating a Palestinian power-sharing pact since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip and drove out pro-Abbas forces in June 2007.
Salah al-Bardaweel, a Hamas official, said his movement "has not received any information about the final arrangements or the time for signing the reconciliation."
"We will communicate with the Egyptian officials later to learn of any new preparations," al-Bardaweel told Xinhua.
In the past couple of days, Hamas launched harsh attacks against Abbas following reports that the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) had asked the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to delay a vote on a report condemning Israel for its recent war in Gaza.
Meanwhile, Fatah said it was ready to adopt the reconciliation "at any time set by Cairo," according to Abdullah Abdullah, a Fatah legislator.
"We call for an agreement as soon as possible and we believe the deal has been so much late and must be reached as quick as possible," Abdullah told Xinhua.
He said that the consequences of the Gaza war report " should not affect the horizons of the reconciliation."