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'Fatah, Hamas reached tentative deal on Palestinian unity government'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  19 Feb 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Ramallah, Feb 18: Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have reached a “tentative agreement” on forming a unity government, a senior Fatah official said on Wednesday.

Abbas Zaki, a member of the Fatah Central Committee, said the prelimiry agreement was reached during the two-day dialogue held in Qatar on February 7 between leaders of the two rival groups, Xinhua reported. Besides forming a unity Palestinian government, the meeting also decided on a specific date for holding the presidential and parliamentary elections “within six months to one year,” said Zaki. He added that contacts on high levels are continuing between the leaderships of the two groups in order to reach a fil understanding on the mechanisms of implementing the agreement.

A new date is to be fixed soon for holding another round of dialogue in Doha to filise all related issues, said Zaki, reaffirming that any fil deal “has to be guaranteed for immediate implementation”.

Among the sticky and outstanding issues is the question of paying regular monthly salaries to around 45,000 employees appointed by Hamas after the movement’s violent takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007. Handing over security affairs and control on crossing points either between Gaza and Israel or between Gaza and Egypt was another outstanding issue that was deeply discussed in the last session of dialogue, according to Zaki. (IANS)

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