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Palestinian Foreign Minister Says Hamas Cannot Be Part of New Government

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Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs (Menlu) Riyad al-Maliki said that he believed the Hamas group understood why they could not be part of the new government in the Palestinian territories.

Al-Maliki said at a press conference in Geneva, Switzerland that a “technocratic” government was needed, without the group fighting fiercely against Israel.

“Now is not the time to form a national coalition government,” al-Maliki said.

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“Now is not the time for a government of which Hamas would be part, because if this happens, then they will be boycotted by a number of countries, as happened before,” he told the UN correspondents association, as reported Al ArabiyaThursday (29/2/2024).

“We don’t want to be in a situation like that. We want to be accepted and fully involved with the international community,” he said.

The Palestinian foreign minister also said he did not expect “miracles” at talks between Hamas and Fatah representatives in Moscow on Thursday to discuss the formation of a unified Palestinian government and the reconstruction of Gaza.

Previously, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday announced the resignation of his government, which governs parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, citing the need for change after the Israeli-Hamas war in Gaza ended.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s decision stated that the government would remain in office temporarily until a new government was formed.

Al-Maliki said his priority was to engage the international community to help provide emergency aid to Palestinians, and then figure out how Gaza could be rebuilt.

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