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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has urged Hamas to endorse a reconciliation pact drawn up with Egyptian mediation, AFP reported on Tuesday, citing the Egyptian news agency.
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According to the report, Abbas highlighted the "importance" of inter-Palestinian reconciliation, adding that any outstanding issues between the West Bank-based Fatah government and the Hamas government in Gaza could be resolved during the implementation of the document.
Speaking in Sharm e-Sheik following a meeting with Egyptian President
Hosni Mubarak, Abbas reportedly said, "If the paper is signed, we do not
mind forming a transitional government or a government of technocrats
or independents to oversee several issues, most notably receiving
Gaza is slated to receive billions of dollars for rehabilitation and
reconstruction purposes via the Palestinian Authority government.
Hamas refuses to sign the Egyptian document, saying changes must be made
Last week, Fatah officials in Ramallah said Hamas had rejected
an overture by Hamas
to dispatch a Fatah delegation to the Gaza
Strip to discuss ways of ending the power struggle between the two