Hamas implies readiness for dialogue with Washington
Palestinian Islamic Hamas movement on Thursday implied that it might be ready to hold talks with the United States, Xinhua reported.
"We won't be in any embarrassing situation if we hold dialogue with the U.S. administration led by Barack Obama," deposed Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haneya told a delegation of American doctors visiting the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
"We welcome the new language by Obama. However, we want it to be developed into actions," Haneya said.
The former U.S. administration led by George W. Bush had led an international campaign to isolate Hamas after the Islamic movement won the Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006, due to Hamas refusal to recognize Israel and renounce violence.
Haneya added that Hamas "is with the peace that restores the Palestinian people's rights and ends the (Israeli) occupation."
He added that the international isolation on his movement "has taken toll on the Palestinian people who are being punished only because they had voted for Hamas lawmakers."