Alwaght- Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, says it is ready to form a national unity government with Fatah movement.
The statement was issued in the Egyptian capital Cairo where the head of the Hamas movement's politburo Ismail Haniyah and other high-ranking members of the Gaza-based movement met with Egyptian interlocutors led by the country’s intelligence chief Khaled Fawzy. Talks between the two sides focused on cross border security and a readiness for Palestinian national reconciliation.
Hamas said in a statement it was ready to “immediately” sign an agreement with Ramallah-based Fatah movement which dominates the Palestinian Authority.
The Hamas delegation also pledged to Egyptian officials that it would continue to support the safety and security of Egypt, “and would never allow that the Gaza Strip be used to harm Egypt's security by any means,” according to the statement.
Hamas chief Ismail Haniya has also told Egyptian officials that he would dissolve a key body causing tension with rival Palestinian faction Fatah.
In March, Hamas announced the formation of a new "administrative committee" seen as a rival government to the internationally recognized administration led by president Mahmud Abbas. Hamas has denied the committee was a rival government.
Since the committee was formed, Abbas has sought to squeeze Hamas, reducing electricity payments for the Gaza Strip which the movement controls, among other measures.
Hamas, Haniya said, wanted Egypt to "succeed in achieving Palestinian reconciliation, and I think there are no arguments now for Fatah to disrupt Egypt's efforts". Haniya's current visit to Cairo is his first since his election as Hamas leader in May. Hamas has run Gaza since 2007 after being democratically elected to run the coastal sliver.
Following the victory of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli regime imposed a brutal inhuman siege on the Palestinian territory. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty. Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian coastal sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014.
The military aggression, which ended on 26 August 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians. Over 11,100 others were also wounded in the war. Additionally the Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, with civilians being the main target of such attacks.
The unity of major Palestinian movements is expected to be a major boost in the ultimate liberation of the territories occupied by the Israeli regime.