WASHINGTON - The United States said on Wednesday it was disappointed by a unity pact agreed between the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and said it could seriously complicate peace efforts.



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"The timing was troubling and we were certainly disappointed in the announcement," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a regular news briefing.

"This could seriously complicate our efforts. Not just our efforts but the efforts of the parties to extend their negotiations."