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Lawmaker Hails Hamas-Fatah Deal

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, May 3 (ICANA) – A senior Iranian legislator said that the reconciliation agreement signed between the Palestinian Hamas and Fatah movements has created hope for all the Palestinians living in the occupied territories.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 6:10:33 PM
Lawmaker Hails Hamas-Fatah Deal

"The move has created rays of hope for all Palestinians and brought the Palestinian people closer to attainment of their rights," Rapporteur of the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Kazem Jalali said on Tuesday.

"The development was a very positive move and proved that Hamas and Fatah could not come closer to each other because of the barriers put in their way by the ill-wishers," Jalal noted.

He further expressed confidence about the positive effects and outcomes of the deal, and stated, "The agreement will definitely reinvigorate the trend of resistance in the region."

The comments by Jalali came days after Palestinian sources confirmed that Hamas and Fatah have signed in Cairo on Wednesday a deal to end division and achieve national unity.

Last Wednesday delegations headed by Musa Abu Marzoka, Hamas Politburo member, and Azzam al-Ahmad, member of Fatah central committee, started talks to reach the long awaited unity deal mediated by the Egyptian Foreign Minister, Nabeel al-Arabi.

According to sources in Cairo, Fatah and Hamas signed the initial deal.

The Islamic movement Hamas was at loggerheads with Fatah, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, since Hamas won the parliamentary elections in January of 2006. Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip ending months of bloody conflict with Fatah allied security forces. Egypt and other Arab countries' attempts of reaching a reconciliation deal between the two largest Palestinian factions had earlier failed.

According to internal sources, the agreement will include formation of a caretaker government until elections take place in both the West Bank and Gaza.

Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi welcomed the Palestinian reconciliation agreement, and called it a positive move towards materializing Palestinian people's goals and rights.

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