PLO welcomes Hamas acceptance of two-state solution

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RAMALLAH: Hamas’s approval of the two-state solution reveals the tendency of the movement to cooperate with the political platform of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat told the Saudi Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper Wednesday.

Erekat, a member of the PLO Executive Committee, stated that the decision of the Islamist movement to accept a state based on pre-1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital stems from its willingness to pave the way for further inter-Palestinian reconciliation.

“Hamas has to maintain this orientation in case of a future revival of talks with the Israeli side, as the two-state solution signifies the cornerstone of the PLO’s position towards the peace process,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Erekat welcomed the recent meeting between Hamas leader Khaled Meshal and Jordan’s King Abdullah II, calling on the international community to understand that Amman is a “partner” to the Palestinians.  

Meshal said Monday that the world “must respect” Palestinian reconciliation talks during a visit to Jordan, a palace statement said.

“I am optimistic about Palestinian reconciliation. The international community must respect the Palestinian need to end division,” AFP quoted Meshal as saying after meeting Abdullah in Amman.

“A two-state solution is the only means to achieve security and stability in the Middle East,” Meshal added.

Meshal visited Jordan twice last year. Relations between Hamas and Amman have been strained since 1999 when authorities expelled Meshal and three other Hamas members after the group was accused of threatening the kingdom’s security and stability.

Hamas had previously expressed firm rejection of the two-state solution and granting recognition to Israel, a situation that led the West, especially the United States, and Israel to exclude the movement from all rounds of peace talks.

However, at their first meeting in almost a year, Meshal and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed this month on reviving the stalled 2011 reconciliation deal between the rival Palestinian factions. Al-Ahram

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