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Assaf: Fatah and Hamas agree to delay forming government

Nov. 27, 2011 12:46 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 27, 2011 11:02 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma’an) -- Khalil Assaf, head of independent figures in the West Bank, said Saturday that President Abbas and Hamas leader Khalid Mashaal have agreed to delay the formation of a government.

Assaf made the comments after a meeting between the Independent Palestinian Figures assembly and Mashaal on Saturday. Mashaal stated that a meeting between all factions and independent forces will take place in Cairo on Dec. 20 to discuss reformation of the PLO, Assaf said.

"We understand the amount of pressure on the Palestinian people. We felt the serious motivation of the president to implement the reconciliation. Mashaal promised Abbas that Hamas will be a factor to shatter the pressure on our people, not to increase it,” Assaf said in a statement.

Mashaal and Abbas met in Cairo on Thursday for the first time since signing the May agreement to end the rivalry that split the West Bank and Gaza into separate administrations under each party.
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