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Hamas leader talks to Russian foreign minister
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Hamas99.jpgGaza's Hamas government says its prime minister has held a rare phone conversation with Russia's foreign minister, according to AP. 
Government spokesman Taher Nunu says Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh spoke with Sergey Lavrov for 35 minutes on Wednesday. He says the men discussed Israel's peace talks with the rival Palestinian government in the West Bank, the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza and "common relations."
Hamas, an Islamic group committed to Israel's destruction, controls Gaza strip. Although Russia has in the past hosted Hamas officials, the phone call was the first high-level conversation in months.
There was no immediate Russian comment.
Hamas gained control of Gaza in 2007 from the forces of President Mahmoud Abbas after it won a majority of seats in the Palestinian Parliament in the January 2006 Palestinian parliamentary elections. Repeated attempts at reconciliation by the two governments have failed.

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