Saudi king avoids meeting Abbas

Monarch skips meeting with Palestinian president but urges him to engage Hamas.

    Jordan and Saudi Arabia say Hamas's Gaza takeover could have "dangerous repercussions" [Reuters]
    It would be a bitter pill for Abbas to swallow, just days after he dissolved the unity government set up under the Saudi deal and accused Hamas of attempting to assassinate him.
     
    He had said then that he would not enter into talks with the group after it seized Gaza and humiliated Abbas by occupying his presidential compound there.
     

    Abbas was kept waiting for a telephone
    call that never came [Reuters]

    The official from Abbas's office said Abbas would meet Abdullah in Saudi Arabia "in the few coming weeks" but gave no details.
     
    The leaders had been expected to discuss Hamas's takeover of Gaza.
     
    The leaders of Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt all fear that armed groups in their countries will be emboldened by Hamas's move and while they have publicly shown the Palestinian president support, they have also leaned on him to engage Hamas once more.
     
    The Saudi monarch and his Jordanian counterpart, King Abdullah II, said on Wednesday that Hamas's Gaza takeover – which in effect split the Palestinians into two entities – could have "dangerous repercussions".

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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