Palestinian interior minister arrives in Syria

October 14, 2006 01:02


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Palestinian Interior Minister Saeed Siyam arrived Friday in Syria, where he is expected to holds talks with government officials and the exiled Hamas leadership. On arrival, Siyam reiterated that Hamas would not recognize Israel, a sticking point that has blocked efforts to forge a national unity government with the other major Palestinian party, Fatah. "Non-recognition of Israel is a constant of Hamas," Siyam said in a statement on his arrival in Damascus from Iran. "Nobody has the right to demand that Hamas recognize Israel because up to now Israel does not recognize the existence and the rights of the Palestinian people."

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