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(photo credit: Reuters)
Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and senior official Khaled Mashaal met
Sudanese President Omar Bashir in Khartoum Thursday, taking turns
warning the Sudanese president of Israel's stepped-up efforts to
"Judaize Jerusalem" and asking for financial support, Lebanese news
outlet Elnashra reported.
According to Elnashra, Mashaal spoke
gravely about the "Judaization of Jerusalem," which has been a common
theme of Haniyeh's during his tour of Arab nations that began this last
week in Egypt.
'Arab world must stop Israel's Judaization of J'lem'
Haniyeh said that the Arab world must support maintain the Muslim character of Jerusalem both politically, but also financially.
to Elnashra, the Islamist leaders discussed the reconciliation
agreement signed between Fatah and Hamas for forming a new unified
Palestinian government, and eventual Palestinian "liberation."
leaders also discussed the role the Palestinian issue is playing within
the greater Arab arena, especially in light of 2011's Arab uprisings in
North Africa, Bahrain and Syria.
Mashaal joined Haniyeh in the Sudanese capital after the Hamas prime
minister stopped for a few days in Cairo this week, as part of his tour
of Arab nations. The two were accompanied by a delegation that included influential Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Zahar to
meet with Bashir.
The Hamas leaders met with the Sudanese president after the Hamas prime minister told reporters in Cairo last Tuesday that Israel was trying to "ethnically cleanse" Jerusalem.
Haniyeh has championed the issue of Jerusalem throughout his Middle East
tour, highlighting it as one of the most important issues facing
Palestinians. He has also emphasized the need of Arab countries to
provide economic assistance for the endeavor.
Hamas agreed that
it would join the PLO in upcoming Palestinian elections, based on a
reconciliation agreements signed between the Islamist group and and
Fatah in Cairo. The group may feel its grip on power threatened by
Islamic Jihad in Gaza, which receives more funding from Iran than Hamas.
The Hamas prime minister will stay in Khartoum at least through
Saturday, where he will participate in "Jerusalem Forum" hosted by the
His is then scheduled to visit Qatar, Bahrain, Turkey and other Arab and
Islamic nations on his first tour through the Middle East since 2007.