Wed 26 Jul 2023 5:24 pm - Jerusalem Time

Al Jazeera: Abbas presented Haniyeh with new political vision in Turkey meeting

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas presented Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas political bureau, with a new political vision ahead in Ankara on Wednesday night, Al Jazeera reported.

Abbas' proposal comes ahead of the convention of all Palestinian factions slated for the end of the month in Cairo. 

Quoting undisclosed sources, Al Jazeera said that Abbas' plan would be based on the framework of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), which the convention is trying to re-energize, and will seek international legitimacy. It will therefore be based on peaceful resistance, and the monopoly on arms of the Palestinian Authority.

Haniyeh reportedly told Abbas that Hamas is targeting the Israeli occupation and has no interest in overthrowing the Palestinian Authority. He stressed that Hamas is committed to resistance in all its forms and does not accept the commitment to international legitimacy.

Abbas also rejected the request from Haniyeh to release Hamas' political detainees in the West Bank, and said that the matter will be linked to the dialogue in Cairo, Al Jazeera stated.

Meanwhile, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command and the Ba'athist Vanguard for the Popular Liberation War - Lightning Forces threatened on Wednesday to boycott the meeting in Cairo unless political prisoners were released ahead of the meeting.


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Al Jazeera: Abbas presented Haniyeh with new political vision in Turkey meeting