Bethlehem - Ma'an - A number of Hamas leaders met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Friday in his headquarters in Ramallah in the first meeting between Fatah and Hamas officials since the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June.
They also met Deputy Prime Minister Nasser Al Shaer and a number of ministers.
Al Shaer said the leaders attended Friday prayers together before holding discussions, particularly concerning security issues.
He added that the meeting was a good indicator for further dialogue. He said there was definitely going to be future communications between some Palestinian leaders, but he declined to give any more details.
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas met Hamas officials in the West Bank on Friday but reiterated he would not hold formal reconciliation talks with the Islamist group unless it gives up control of Gaza.Hamas forces routed Abbas's secular Fatah faction in violent clashes in Gaza in June. Abbas then sacked a Hamas-led government and appointed a Fatah-backed administration in the West Bank."I met with Hamas officials and told them there would be no dialogue with Hamas until they reverse their coup first," Abbas told Reuters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.Abbas said he met Hamas lawmaker Hussein Abu Kwaik and a Hamas-backed former government minister, Naser el-Deen al-Shaer
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