Abu Marzouk says Obama should talk to Hamas

June 8, 2009 18:28

An exiled Hamas leader urged US President Barack Obama on Monday to talk directly with the terrorist group, saying it is the representative of the Palestinian people and the American president's drive for Mideast peace is impossible without them. Hamas' deputy political leader, Moussa Abu Marzouk, also told The Associated Press that the group would not renounce violence - a key US demand before Washington will agree to deal with the group that it considers a terrorist organization. The US and its European allies also want Hamas to recognize Israel, another step the group has refused to take. The Obama administration should change that position, Abu Marzouk said, "because they know that without Hamas their efforts will not succeed."

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