Saturday, 19 November 2011

'Next Palestinian gov't to be headquartered in Gaza'

Hamas adviser Ahmed Youssef tells "Quds al-Arabi" time is "ripe" for consensus between Fatah and Hamas; PA President Abbas to visit Gaza in near future.

Hamas and Fatah agreed to headquarter the next Palestinian government in Gaza, a Hamas official told the Palestinian "Quds al-Arabi" newspaper on Friday.
Ahmed Youssef, a political advisor to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, told the newspaper that the time is "ripe" for consensus between the two opposing Palestinian factions. 

The agreement over Gaza indicates the possibility that the next Palestinian leader may also be a Gaza resident.
Youssef said Hamas would support Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in his bid to gain Palestinian membership in the United Nations, and that Hamas supported the establishment of a Palestinian state on the pre-1967 border with Jerusalem as its capital.
According to Youssef, Abbas will visit Gaza in the near future.

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