Hamas asks Obama to treat Palestinians ”fairly”

Published February 21st, 2009 - 02:24 GMT

A Hamas official said he wrote a letter to U.S. President Obama asking him to treat Palestinians fairly and be open-minded in dealing with Hamas. The letter was written by Ahmed Yousef, an adviser to Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

 

The letter was handed over to UN officials who passed it to U.S. Senator John Kerry during a one-day visit to Gaza on Thursday. According to the AP, Yousef said Saturday that the letter was endorsed by the Hamas government.

 

Yousef conveyed the letter calls on Obama "to deal in a fair way with the Palestinian issue." The letter also urged Obama to be open-minded in dealing with the Gaza Strip rulers.

 

Meanwhile, Egyptian-hosted reconciliation talks between Palestinian factions will take place on Wednesday, a Hamas spokesman said on Saturday. According to Reuters, the dialogue between Hamas and Fatah was proposed to have started in Egypt on Sunday, but was postponed with Hamas blaming Israeli refusals to agree a Gaza truce.

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