PA, Hamas agree to delay formation of interim gov't

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February 23, 2012 21:11

 
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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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