Despite ongoing tensions between them, Hamas and Fatah resumed on Wednesday
efforts to end their dispute and form a Palestinian unity
Fatah’s Azzam al-Ahmed and Hamas’s Musa Abu Marzouk held
talks in Cairo to discuss the implementation of previous reconciliation
agreements signed between the two parties.
Earlier this week, Ahmed
announced that the US administration has “softened” its opposition to Fatah
efforts to form a unity government with Hamas.
The announcement came
shortly after US Secretary of State John Kerry held talks in Ramallah with
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Ahmed said that Abbas was
scheduled to meet with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in coming days to discuss
forming a unity government and holding presidential and parliamentary elections
in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
At Wednesday’s meeting in Cairo,
Ahmed and Abu Marzouk also discussed Qatar’s call to convene a summit of leading
Arab states to discuss the implementation of Hamas-Fatah reconciliation
Over the past few years, the rival parties have reached a number
of deals to end their power struggle, but none has been
Although Hamas has welcomed Qatar’s summit initiative, Fatah
has expressed reservations, arguing that the Islamist movement should not be
invited as a “legitimate and equal” representative of Palestinians. Fatah fears
that such a move would undermine the PLO’s claim to be the sole and legitimate
representative of the Palestinians.