PA, Hamas officials meet in Mecca 15Nov09 November 16, 2009

Ma’an News Agency -  15 November 2009

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Officials from the rival Gaza and West Bank Palestinian governments held talks in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where they were performing the Muslim Hajj pilgrimage.

Several Hamas officials from Gaza visited Mahmoud Al-Habbash, the minister of waqf and religious affairs in the Ramallah government, in the dormitory for Palestinian pilgrims in Mecca.

The Hamas delegation included Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad, government spokesman Taher An-Nunu, and labor ministry official Hasan As-Seifi.

In February 2007 Saudi brokers brought Hamas and Fatah together in Mecca to sign the agreement that established the last unity government.

The Mecca agreement collapsed when, fearing a Fatah coup, Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.


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