Haniyeh: US trying to 'rearrange' Middle East

October 4, 2006 18:01

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas on Wednesday accused the US of trying to "rearrange" the Middle East to suit American and Israeli interests. Haniyeh spoke as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in the region for talks with the moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. While the US supports Abbas as a legitimate negotiating partner, it considers Hamas a terrorist group, and Rice was not meeting with any of its members. "She cares only to rearrange this region and to rearrange the Palestinian scene in a way that serves the American and Israeli agenda," Haniyeh said.

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