Hamas chief, Jordanian king talk Palestinian unity deal

Published 26.10.2017 00:29

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh Wednesday phoned Jordanian King Abdullah II to discuss recent political developments in the region, especially the issue of inter-Palestinian reconciliation, according to a Hamas statement.

During the phone call, Haniyeh stressed Hamas's willingness to implement all the terms of the reconciliation agreement. Haniyeh also voiced his group's rejection of what he described as "plans to turn Jordan into an alternative homeland for the Palestinians."

"Jordan's security is a part of our [i.e., Palestinian] security," Haniyeh told the Jordanian monarch. "We are keen to see its security maintained." King Abdullah, for his part, reiterated Jordan's stated position in support of the Palestinian national cause. He also congratulated the Palestinian people on this month's landmark agreement in Cairo.

Earlier this month, Hamas and rival Palestinian faction Fatah signed a landmark reconciliation agreement in Cairo aimed at ending 10 years of fierce political rivalry.

The West Bank and the Gaza Strip have been politically divided since 2007, when Hamas wrested control of Gaza from Fatah, ending a short-lived unity government established after Hamas swept the 2006 legislative elections that were ultimately rejected by Fatah, Israel, and the international community. Hamas has ruled Gaza, while Abbas's Fatah has controlled autonomous enclaves in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

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