Hamas leader says Mecca talks should not fail

Published February 5th, 2007 - 07:25 GMT

The Damascus-based leader of Hamas Khaled Meshaal said on Sunday that his movement would try its best to make Mecca talks succeed. "The Palestinian dialogue is the only way to solve disputes and boost the national unity and partnership," Meshaal told a press conference held in the Syrian capital.


He welcomed Saudi King Abdullah's invitation for himself and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to hold talks in the holy city of Mecca on Tuesday, stressing that the negotiations s must not fail. "The situation does not afford failure. I say to Abu Mazen (Abbas): we have no option but to succeed," he said.


Meshaal and Abbas met last month in Damascus. "Our latest meeting with ... Abbas in Damascus was a step on the way for bringing stances together ... Syria was pushing all Palestinians towards reconciliation," Meshaal conveyed.


Meshaal also called for an immediate stop of the fighting between Hamas and Abbas' Fatah movement, which he considered as "an exceptional behavior" between the two factions. "The Palestinian blood is banned and shouldn't be spilled except in resisting the occupation," he said.


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