Abbas tells Haniyeh he welcomes Schalit exchange deal

October 12, 2011 22:35

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas received a phone call from Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday to inform him about the details of the prisoner exchange deal involving Gilad Schalit, according to Palestinian news agency Ma'an.

Abbas was quoted as saying “I welcome this deal which we were awaiting for a long time," according to the report. He expressed hope that all detainees would be released one day, and thanked Egypt for its role in the deal, Ma'an reported.

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