Saturday, May 23
Latest News
  1. UN: Iranian aid cargo boat for Yemen offloaded in Djibouti
  2. Commanders: Iraq forces attack IS east of Ramadi
  3. Leading 'No' figure concedes in Irish gay marriage vote
  4. Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen rebels in three cities
  5. Police: 3 killed by two grenades in Burundi capital
  6. Official: 39 dead in Mexico clash between police, armed civilians
  7. US Senate approves fast-track trade authority for Obama
  8. Senate blocks bill that would end US bulk data dragnet
  9. Official: Turkey arrests French citizen bound for Syria
  10. Priest 'kidnapped in Homs' region of Syria
  11. Saudi-led coalition pounds Yemen rebels in three cities
  12. Over 55,000 have fled IS-captured Ramadi since mid-May
  13. President: death toll in anti-FARC air strike in Colombia rises to 26
  14. Dutch cabinet backs partial Islamic burqa ban
  15. Iran: Nuclear talks to resume Tuesday in Vienna
  16. UK's Cameron says 'confident' of securing EU reform deal
  17. Huge blasts outside Sanaa after coalition air raids
  18. Monitor: Rebels seize hospital holding 150 Syrian soldiers
  19. Blast hits Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi
  20. US envoy urges Myanmar Rohingya 'citizenship' to end exodus

Hamas officials welcome UN recognition of Palestine

Nov. 30, 2012 11:04 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 30, 2012 9:20 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Hamas officials welcomed Thursday night's UN General Assembly vote recognizing Palestine as a non-member state.

Hamas politburo member Ezzat al-Rishq said the party celebrated the state of Palestine, and its recognition is a victory for all Palestinians.

The step should be complemented by a strategic and national vision based on resistance and national rights, he said on his official Facebook account.

Meanwhile, Hamas chief-in-exile Khalid Mashaal said the vote would "unify Palestinian national efforts" as part of the reconciliation process with Abbas's nationalist Fatah movement.

"I told Abu Mazen (Abbas) we want this move to be part of a national Palestinian strategy," Mashaal said in an interview with Reuters.

Shortly before the vote, which was almost certain to pass, Hamas prime minister in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh said his government would support any political achievements for the Palestinian people in their quest for statehood.

He cautioned that any moves should not abandon strategic principles or the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.

Powered By: HTD Technologies
Ma'an News Agency
All rights reserved © 2005-2015