|Tehran welcomes Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal||
TEHRAN – An Iranian Foreign Ministry official on Saturday welcomed a landmark reconciliation deal signed by Hamas and Fatah, the two main rival Palestinian factions.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said that the Islamic Republic welcomes solidarity among Palestinian groups in their campaign against the Zionist regime and efforts meant to promote unity among them to help the Palestinian people stand up to Israel’s illegitimate demands.
The Guardian reported on Thursday that Hamas and Fatah had signed an accord designed to end seven years of division, paving the way for elections later in the year and the formation of a unity government within weeks.
Israel immediately responded by saying Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas was moving to peace with Hamas instead of peace with Israel. “He has to choose,” said Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. “Does he want peace with Hamas or peace with Israel? You can have one but not the other. I hope he chooses peace, so far he hasn’t done so.”
The agreement was signed in Gaza City on Wednesday by Ismail Haniyeh, Palestine’s democratically elected prime minister, and a senior Palestinian Liberation Organization delegation dispatched by Abbas.
“This is the good news we have to tell the people: the era of discord is ended,” Haniyeh said in a news conference in Gaza after signing the deal.
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