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Abbas rejects Arab League offer to arrange Meshal meeting
by Haaretz (reposted)
Saturday Jun 16th, 2007 8:10 AM
Saturday, June 16, 2007 : Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday rejected a request by the head of the Arab League to meet with supreme Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, an Abbas aide said.
Abbas received a call from Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, who offered to arrange such a meeting, said the aide, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Abbas vehemently turned down the offer, the aide said.

Earlier Saturday, Abbas adviser Yasser Abed Rabbo told a news conference that the president will not engage in a dialogue with killers, referring to Hamas.

The Arab League threw its support behind Abbas' leadership on Friday, following the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip, but urged an immediate halt to infighting so that the unity of the Palestinian territories can be preserved.

Foreign ministers of the League members gathered for an emergency session Friday on how to deal with the Palestinian split after five days of fighting left the militant Hamas in full control in Gaza.

"We are seeking a national unity in Palestine and we stand against the events that we have witnessed in the last days," Moussa said, adding there must be an immediate and full halt to the violence.

Moussa said that Arab nations want to serve the Palestinian cause, and not one faction against another. "The fighting is unacceptable for the Arab world," he said.

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