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The Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jareeda reported Friday that both the Saudi Arabian and Egyptian governments have refused to meet with Khaled Mashaal, head of Hamas's political bureau in Damascus, saying that the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip must be reversed before they will allow him to visit their countries.
The paper also reported there is no communication between Hamas's leadership in Gaza and its leadership abroad.
A Hamas leader told the newspaper that Hamas refused to accept the Saudi/Egyptian condition. He said that under such pressure from the Arab states and other countries, Mashaal's efforts to improve the situation in Gaza had been made virtually impossible.
According to the Hamas leader, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are demanding that Hamas recognize the regime of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salaam Fayad as the legitimate government in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
According to Al-Jareeda, the Saudis and Egyptians have told Hamas's leadership that Mashaal has no official status as he has not accepted the Oslo Accords and he is not living in the Palestinian territories. They said they were waiting for Hamas to send a delegation from inside the [Palestinian territories].
Furthermore, the Saudis are reportedly angry with both Hamas and Fatah for failing to abide by the terms of the Mecca agreement, which called for the establishment of a Palestinian unity government and an end to internecine fighting in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.