MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s visit to Moscow, which was expected to be held on January 15, has been postponed indefinitely, Palestinian Ambassador to Russia Abdel Hafiz Nofal informed TASS on Thursday.
“The visit scheduled for January 15 will not take place. It is still planned, but its exact date is unknown,” he said.
The diplomat added that the visit could take place when the situation in Palestine was more favorable.
Restoration of the inter-Palestinian unity was expected to top the agenda of the talks in Moscow.
The Fatah and Hamas Palestinian movements signed a reconciliation agreement in Cairo in the autumn of 2017. The parties agreed that the National Accord Government would assume all powers over all Palestinian territories. The transfer of control over the Rafah Border Crossing on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the West Bank authorities was due to take place as well. Later on, the factions held a few more rounds of talks in Cairo on forming the new government, organizing the elections, reforming the Palestine Liberation Organization and deploying the Palestinian administration’s forces in Gaza. However, the inter-Palestinian reconciliation process once again stalled because of constantly emerging disagreements.
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