Palestinian party Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority (PA) government in the occupied West Bank, will meet a Hamas delegation in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Tuesday as follow-up from a meeting earlier this month of the heads of Palestinian factions.
The two rivals will discuss ending the internal division from when the Hamas movement took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 after a pre-emptive coup by Fatah.
They will also hold talks on developing a strategy to face the challenges facing Palestinian causes, mainly President Donald Trump’s Middle East plan as well as the recent normalisation of relations – by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain – with Israel.
On its official Twitter account, Fatah announced its delegation – which includes the Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub – arrived in Turkey “to hold meetings with a delegation from Hamas that includes its leader and his deputy about ending the division and implementing the recommendations of the general-secretaries’ meeting”.
🔵 وصول وفد من حركة فتح يضم اللواء جبريل الرجوب وروحي فتوح إلى تركيا لإجراء لقاءات مع وفد من حـمــاس يضم رئيس الحركة ونائبه، حول إنهاء الانقسام وتطبيق توصيات لقاء الأمناء العامين.
— حركة فتح (@fatehorg) September 21, 2020
A member of the Hamas political bureau, Khalil al-Hayya, said the meeting is an “extension of the dialogues between the Palestinian forces, to implement the outcomes of the meeting of the general-secretaries of the factions that took place in Ramallah”.
Al-Hayya added Hamas was eager to achieve national unity to lead a comprehensive national strategy in the face of challenges and plans that target the Palestinian cause.
On September 3, PA President Mahmoud Abbas held a meeting where the heads of Palestinian factions agreed to consolidate a peaceful transfer of power through free and fair elections according to proportional representation.
Earlier, Rajoub had announced the Palestinians were heading in the direction of general elections, adding that “their decision is in their hands, far from the influence and care of any regional party”.
The Palestinians have not held general elections since 2006, and the internal division began a year later due to the conflict that took place between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Since then, all attempts by the two sides to reconcile have failed.