PA's Abbas, Hamas's Mashaal to meet in Qatar

Palestinian leaders set to negotiate "reconciliation measures," issues resulting from PA-Israel "peace talks failure."

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 4, 2012 04:44
1 minute read.
Abbas and Mashaal meet in Cairo to talk unity

Abbas meets Mashaal in Cairo 311 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Al Hams/Handout)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Qatar on Sunday, AFP quoted Fatah party spokesman Azzam al-Ahmad as saying.

According to Ahmad, the two Palestinian leaders will negotiate potential "reconciliation measures" with the goal of forming a unity government. They will also discuss issues resulting from the "failure of talks” with Israel.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Jordan in January on five occasions. The Palestinians are expected to decide by the middle of the month whether to continue this channel of talks. Israel and the Quartet are in the process of assembling a package of economic gestures to keep the Palestinians directly engaged with Israel in low-level talks in Jordan.

Ahmad also said that a meeting originally scheduled for February 2 had been delayed indefinitely, according to AFP.

Fatah and Hamas have failed to make progress toward ending their dispute. The two parties have yet to agree on the make-up of the proposed unity government and other issues related to security and elections.

In addition, Hamas has accused the PA of continuing its security clamp-down on Hamas supporters in the West Bank. Hamas officials said Wednesday that PA security forces have arrested more than 70 supporters of the Islamist movement in the past three months.

Herb Keinon and Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.

Related Content

August 17, 2018
German Jewish council urges end of Iran-Germany trade

By BENJAMIN WEINTHAL