U.S. hinders talks between Hamas and Fatah: Meshaal

July 19, 2007 - 0:0

DOHA (Trend News Agency) - Khaled Meshaal, the chairman of the political bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas), said in an interview with Al-Jazeera on Tuesday that the United States hinders establishing talks between the National Liberation Organization of Palestine (Fatah) and Hamas.

He was commenting on the latest political development and resistance in Palestine. Meshaal noted that the United State establishes relations among Arab leaders to deteriorate possible talks between the two movements. “By rendering support to the Palestinian authorities the United States instigates them against Hamas to try to split the Palestinians into two hostile fronts,” the Hamas leader stressed. He added that U.S. President George W. Bush wants to change the Palestinian land into a field of armed action. Hamas supports talks and offers various options on the establishment of a centralized state power and rehabilitation of security in Palestine without U.S. interference, he insisted. On Monday, the exiled leader told a gathering of Muslim clerics in the Qatari capital Doha that ""we want a Palestinian dialogue under Arab-Islamic auspices"". But, he said, Bush's actions showed that he rejected inter-Palestinian dialogue. He also played down a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and said Hamas would never give its blessing to any deal that does not respect the rights of the Palestinians. Meshaal said Bush was supporting Fatah with cash and weapons.