Palestinian unity talks in Cairo faced a crisis Thursday as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal agreed to postpone talks about the formation of a new Palestinian government, a PA official in Ramallah said.
A sharp dispute within Hamas over the recent Qatari-brokered reconciliation deal between Abbas and Mashaal was hindering the establishment of a Palestinian unity government, the official said.
On Wednesday, Hamas's political bureau announced its support for the deal following a 14-hour stormy meeting in the Egyptian capital.
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