Factions hopeful for Mecca summit

Monday, February 05, 2007 |  by Staff Writer  

Hamas and Fatah representatives are hopeful that the meeting between Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal will end the fighting between the two parties and result in the formation of a PA unity government.

Abbas and Mashaal are slated to meet in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at the invitation of King Abdullah.

This will be the second attempt by an Arab nation after Egyptian officials attempted to mediate. A cease-fire was announced, but it didn’t keep the two sides from continuing the bloodshed.

Other participants in the talks are to include Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh and Ghazi Hamad, Hamas' government spokesman. Ahmed Queri and Fatah legislator Assam al-Ahmed will accompany Abbas.

“We must not fail this time,” Mashaal told reporters in Damascus on Sunday. “It is forbidden to shed Palestinian blood and there are limits that should not be trespassed. We belong to one people and share the same cause.”

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