Ramallah: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said that it is time to seal reconciliation with the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza and unite Palestinian ranks.
"It is time to seriously deal with reconciliation and for contacts with Egypt's mediation for reconciliation," he said at a meeting of the Palestinian leadership attended by Nassereddine Al-Shaer, a Hamas deputy premier.
"We hope to agree on a meeting and a meeting of the leadership in Egypt in order to finish with this question which has gone on for too long," said Abbas, who heads the rival Fatah party.
Hamas-Fatah tensions have been high since 2006, when the Islamists won Palestinian legislative elections. Hamas seized power in Gaza the following year, ending a power-sharing deal with the secular Fatah which holds sway in the West Bank.


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