Hamas and Fatah agree to form a new National Council following reconciliation talks in Russia
Source: Vyara Gylsen
After three-day long reconciliation talks brokered by Russia in Moscow, Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas have decided to go ahead with forming a new National Council including the Palestinian diaspora to hold elections wherever logistically and politically is possible.
The unofficial talks took took place between 15th to 17th January with the intention of "restoring the unity of the Palestinian people". The talks were attended by representatives from Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other factions.
"We have reached agreement under which, within 48 hours, we will call on President Mahmoud Abbas to launch consultations on the creation of a government" of national unity, senior Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad told a press conference.
Meanwhile, a Palestinian leader told Al Jazeera that "things are far from clear or final yet".
"In principle, all of the Palestinian factions have agreed to form a national unity government, including Hamas, and to establish a new Palestinian National Council. But Abbas has yet to make a decision that will take concrete steps in that direction.”
While in Moscow, the Palestinian representatives also met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, urging him to pressure U.S. President Donald Trump not to go through with his campaign pledge to move the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel to Jerusalem. East Jerusalem was seized and later annexed by Israel during the Six-Day War in 1967 in a move that is not recognised by the international community.
The move by U.S. President Donald Trump comes at a crucial point of growing international pressure on Israel over it's occupation of Palestinian territories. The White House has said that it is in the early stages of discussing the subject but the issue has already fuelled anger across Palestine and the rest of the world.