Hamas to launch national Palestinian dialogue
Hamas is preparing to launch a comprehensive Palestinian dialogue aimed at achieving national reconciliation and ending political feud, an official from the Islamic movement revealed Monday, Xinhua reported.
"We are currently preparing our vision for the reconciliation on new basis to secure partnership," Ismail Radwan, a Hamas spokesman, told Xinhua.
The split widened when Hamas routed forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas, ousted his Fatah party and took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, following Hamas won parliamentary elections in 2006.
The awaited dialogue should not lead to making gains serving Fatah, which failed to reach a peace agreement with Israel, Radwan said.
Peace talks between the Fatah-led Palestinian National Authority and Israel broke up when Israel resumed settlement expansion in the West Bank in September 2010.
Hamas and other factions are holding discussions these days as part of the preparations for the national dialogue, according to Radwan.
On Sunday, Fatah, which holds sway in the West Bank, said it wants to resume meetings with Hamas to end the split in accordance with an Egyptian proposal that Hamas rejected in 2009.
Hamas said that the Egyptian plan no longer existed after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down. However, Azzam Al-Ahmad, a Fatah official, said the Egyptian proposal "did not and will not vanish."