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Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Abbas meets with Hamas leaders

Abbas meets with Hamas leaders
Date: 27 / 05 / 2008 Time: 10:03
www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=29515

Ramallah - Ma'an - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with officials
from the rival Hamas movement in the Presidential compound (the Muqata'a) in
the West Bank city of Ramallah on Monday, reliable Palestinian sources said.

The Hamas delegation delivered a letter from Palestinian prisoners in
Israeli jails calling for unity.

According to the source, the delegation included former Deputy Prime
Minister Nasser Addin Ash-Sha'ir, Sheikh Hamid Al-Beitawi and Samir Abu
'Eisha.

The meeting was the first of its kind since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip
last June, routing the Palestinian Authority's security forces and beginning
nearly a year of internal Palestinian division.

The meeting comes just days after rival Lebanese factions ended their
political deadlock through signing a reconciliation in Qatar.

Other sources at the Palestinian president's office denied the reported
meeting.

The official Palestinian Authority news agency, Wafa, confirmed that Abbas
met with Sheikh Hamid Al-Beitawi, a Hamas-affiliated lawmaker who was
recently released from an Israeli prison.

Wafa said Al-Beitawi visited Abbas to deliver a message from Palestinian
prisoners in Israeli jails.

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