Hamas chief holds talks in Saudi Arabia
Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal is holding talks with officials in Saudi Arabia, a source close to Meshaal said on Saturday. Meshaal arrived in Saudi Arabia late on Friday and is meeting officials in Riyadh, the aide told AFP.
This came as Hamas categorically denied intention to deliver control over security headquarters in the Gaza Strip to PA leader Mahmoud Abbas in return for resuming dialogue with Fatah faction. Dr. Sami Abu Zuhri, the Hamas spokesman in the Strip, said in a statement late Friday that the reports published by the Maan news agency in this respect were "baseless" and only aimed at "creating more confusion".
He underlined that Abbas' position was obstructing such a dialogue and his Fatah faction's conditions were "unreasonable".
Abu Zuhri had earlier denied another Maan report on the presence of differences within Hamas political leadership. He charged that a number of media platforms were deliberately trying to smear the image of Hamas through carrying "wrong and unfounded" reports.