Fatah delegation postpones Gaza visit: Official

A planned visit by a Fatah delegation to the Gaza Strip has been postponed to next week, a Gaza government official said Monday.

A planned visit by a Fatah delegation to the Gaza Strip has been postponed to next week, a Gaza government official said Monday.

GAZA CITY – A planned visit by a Fatah delegation to the Gaza Strip has been postponed to next week, a Gaza government official said Monday.

The visit, initially slated for Sunday, was delayed because Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is currently in Doha, Issa Nashar, an adviser to Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, said in a statement.

Abbas began an official visit to Doha on Sunday to meet Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad and Hamas political chief Khaled Meshaal.

The Fatah delegation's planned visit to Gaza aims to resume consultations on the formation of a Palestinian unity government, Nashar said.

On April 23, Fatah and Hamas hammered out a reconciliation deal in Gaza with a view to healing the rifts that had marred their relations since 2007.

The deal calls for the formation of a national unity government to serve until legislative elections are held in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip, the latter of which is ruled by Hamas.

Nashar expects the new cabinet lineup to be announced within three weeks.

He said cabinet members would be chosen from outside the main Palestinian factions, in line with earlier agreements reached – but never implemented – between Hamas and Fatah. 

"The government won't have a political agenda," Nashar said. "It will only be responsible for running Palestinians' daily affairs until legislative and presidential polls are held in six months."

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