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Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel

Reuters

April 23, 2014 | 10:17 am

Senior Fatah official Azzam Ahmed, left, shakes hands with senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq after announcing a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City on April 23. Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Senior Fatah official Azzam Ahmed, left, shakes hands with senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq after announcing a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City on April 23. Photo by Suhaib Salem/Reuters

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel.

Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group, which is sworn to its destruction. But Abbas said in a statement that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal.

Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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