Ramallah â€“ Ma’an â€“ Khalid Mash’al, head of the Hamas politburo, has said that Hamas is ready to form a central government in the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a gesture to resume negotiations between Hamas and Fatah.
He also said Hamas is ready to turn over the security headquarters and other official offices in the Gaza Strip to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Prominent West Bank Hamas leader Hussain Abu Kwaik told the London based daily newspaper Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat on Tuesday that, during a meeting with the Saudi government on Sunday, Mash’al informed them of Hamas willingness to resume dialogue with Fatah.
Hamas described Mash’al’s talks in Saudi Arabia as “very important.”
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri told Ash-Sharq Al-Awsat that the Saudi Arabia talks constituted an end to the US and Israeli-orchestrated isolation of Hamas by Arab countries.
Arab diplomatic sources in Damascus viewed Mash’al’s visit to Saudi Arabia as part of Arab endeavors to end disagreement among the Palestinians ahead of serious negotiations with Israel.
In Cairo, Egyptian foreign minister Ahmad Abu Al-Gheit said on Monday that the Arab Follow up Committee has received an invitation from the international Quartet to hold a meeting with the Quartet in Paris on the margins of the Paris donors’ conference.
Representatives from 90 countries are due to meet in the French capital on Wednesday in a bid to raise economic support for the Palestinian Authority.