SA welcomes PNA, Hamas reconciliation
Pretoria - The South African government welcomed the reconciliation agreement between the Palestinian Authority (PNA) and Hamas, the department of international relations said on Tuesday.
PNA president Mahmoud Abbas and Islamic Resistance Movement chairperson Khaled Meshaal agreed to participate in a unity government in the Israeli-occupied west bank of Gaza on Monday, department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.
"The agreement announced... is encouraging, as the two Palestinian leaders committed themselves to working together to announce a new interim government in the coming weeks."
This was in preparation for the setting of a date for future presidential and legislative elections, expected to occur this year, said Monyela.
"The people of South Africa continue to strongly support Palestinian statehood and achieving the basic fundamental rights to which all peoples are entitled."