PA President Abbas with Hamas PM Haniyeh 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday phoned Hamas Prime
Minister Ismail Haniyeh and urged him to preserve the climate of reconciliation
between the two sides, according to a statement released by Hamas.
stressed during the phone conversation the importance of activating the
agreements that were reached in Cairo recently between Fatah and Hamas, the
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Earlier this week, Hamas and Fatah representatives who
met in the Egyptian capital announced that they had reached an agreement on a
number of sticking points, including the release of prisoners and granting
Palestinian passports to residents of the Gaza Strip.
Abbas pointed out
that the Cairo discussions were held in a positive atmosphere and stressed his
keenness to move forward with the reconciliation pact between Hamas and Fatah,
the Hamas statement said. It added that Abbas also offered his greetings to the
Hamas leader on the beginning of Ramadan.
With regards to the
reconciliation accord, Abbas was quoted as saying: “We want to work together on
Haniyeh, for his part, was quoted as telling Abbas that he
too was keen on preserving the positive climate of reconciliation between the
“There will be no return backward,” Haniyeh said. “We
support accelerating the process of implementing the
Samira Halaika, a Hamas legislator, said on Thursday
that Palestinians in the West Bank were frustrated with the failure of Hamas and
Fatah to implement the reconciliation accord that was announced in Cairo in
Halaika said Palestinians in the West Bank were facing
instability and insecurity because of the continued arrest campaign by the PA
security forces against Hamas supporters.
“Residents of the West Bank
don’t see any difference between the period that preceded the reconciliation and
the period afterwards,” she said.
She also noted that PA security forces
earlier this week arrested a number of young men who went to pray in a mosque in
In another case, PA security forces summoned for interrogation
several Palestinians who came to greet a Hamas activist who was released from
Israeli prison. PA security officers also raided the home of the released
prisoner, Ashraf Daraghmeh, in the Jenin area, and confiscated documents and
posters, his relatives said.