Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas on Tuesday urged moderate Arab countries not to support US policy in the Middle East.
Haniyeh spoke as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was meeting in Cairo with eight Arab allies, in hopes of reviving the Arab-Israeli peace process. Rice was also asking moderate Arab countries to shore up moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, at the expense of the Islamic militant Hamas.
Rice was to meet with Abbas on Wednesday.
"It looks like Mrs. Rice is adopting the old law, divide and conquer," Haniyeh told reporters in Gaza. "She wants to weaken the states and the nations of the region."
"We call on all of the Arab countries not to follow the American plans and not to adopt this policy that aims to divide the region," Haniyeh said.