Abbas, Hamas meet for 1st talks since election

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February 4, 2006 19:44




Abbas, Hamas leaders meet for first talks since militant group sweeps elections Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leaders met Saturday to discuss the formation of a new government, in their first talks since the Hamas routed his Fatah Party in parliamentary elections. Abbas, who wants to restart peace talks with Israel, was elected separately last year and now must work out a power-sharing arrangement with the Islamic group, which is sworn to Israel's destruction. Hamas, a novice to national politics, has invited Fatah to join a governing coalition, but hasn't received an official answer, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said earlier in the day. In the past, however, senior Fatah officials have said the party would not agree to take a junior role in a Hamas-led government.


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