The leadership in the Gaza Strip would expect Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to visit the Hamas-run coastal enclave if a unity government is formed between Fatah and Hamas, Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported a Hamas official as saying on Wednesday.

According to the report, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's advisor Issam al-Daalees said the move would be expected of Abbas if the rival Palestinian factions reconcile in the next five weeks.

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It would be Abbas's first visit to Gaza since the Hamas takeover of the Strip in 2007.