Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel

by Reuters
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 17:09 GMT

RAMALLAH, West Bank, April 23 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel.

Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group, which is sworn to its destruction. But Abbas said in a statement that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal. (Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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