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Mash'al arrives in Libya for talks with Ghaddafi

Dec. 20, 2009 8:27 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 21, 2009 6:37 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Senior Hamas official Khalid Mash’al arrived in Libya on Sunday for talks with leader Muammar Ghaddafi, the country’s state news agency announced.

Mash’al visited Yemen and Iran over the past several days in a series of trips in part related to efforts to reunite Hamas with rival Palestinian party Fatah, which controls the West Bank and most of the institutions of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Libya is also thought to enjoy friendly relations with Fatah and the PA.

Upon arriving in Tripoli, Mash’al said he was “keen to consult” Ghaddafi about developments “on more than level,” the official JANA news agency reported.

Mash’al, who lives in exile in Syria, also expressed appreciation for Ghaddafi’s support for the Palestinian cause.

Hamas won Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006, and in 2007 took full control of the Gaza Strip, routing Fatah forces. President Mahmoud Abbas then decided to dissolve a unity government, leaving Gaza and the West Bank politically split.
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