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BBC: Palestinian rivals in unity deal

Posted by uscsjp on February 8, 2007

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (right) with Saudi King Abdullah

The signing ceremony took place in a Saudi royal palace

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have signed a deal to form a national unity government. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and exiled Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal signed the accord after talks in the Saudi city of Mecca.

It follows weeks of factional violence in Gaza and a year-long international embargo against the Hamas government.

Mr Abbas urged the new government to “respect” previous accords signed between the Palestinians and Israel. (continued…)

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