RAMALLAH (Dispatches) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas welcomed on Saturday the Islamic resistance movement Hamas’s letter on ending internal Palestinian division and holding general elections in the Palestinian territories.
Palestine’s official news agency WAFA said in an official statement that Abbas welcomes what came in Hamas’s letter about ending division, building partnership, and accomplishing national unity.
The report added that Abbas decided to invite Hana Nasser, Chairman of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission, to discuss the procedures for issuing the decrees related to holding the elections.
Hamas’s politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh addressed Abbas in an official letter through Jibril Rajoub, the Fatah Movement’s Central Committee member, said WAFA report.
"After reading the letter, President Abbas gave his directives to Rajoub to inform Hamas of his welcome of what was stated in the letter regarding ending division, building partnership, and achieving national unity,” the report said.
Earlier, the head of the political bureau of the Hamas resistance movement had said new efforts were being made aimed at resuming national dialog among various Palestinian factions to reach reconciliation for achieving national unity.
"National unity is the cornerstone of confronting the Zionist occupation and its plans aimed at liquidating the Palestinian cause and canceling our rights to land, sanctities, and return,” Haniyeh said in a press statement on Friday, the Palestinian Information Center reported.
He added that Hamas was establishing "internal and external contacts” with the Fatah political movement and other national and Islamic factions in a bid to turn the efforts aimed at resuming national dialog into "success” against the Zionist regime.
Haniyeh also noted what has been done is aimed at fulfilling the requirements of unity by rebuilding the Palestinian leadership institutions, whether the Palestine Liberation Organization or the Palestinian Authority, on the basis of partnership and national consensus.
"This must be achieved according to the will of the Palestinian people through free and fair elections,” the top Hamas official added.
Back in September, Haniyeh strongly urged all Palestinian factions to sew up their differences in the face of measures targeting the Palestinian cause by the United States, the Zionist regime, and treacherous Arab regimes.
The Palestinian leadership has been divided between Fatah and Hamas since 2006 when the latter scored a landslide victory in parliamentary elections in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has ever since been running the coastal enclave, while Fatah has been based in the autonomous parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.