Abbas hails Gaza PM 'victory'

2012-11-22 19:35
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (File, AP)

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (File, AP)

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Gaza City - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas spoke by telephone on Thursday with Gaza's Hamas Premier Ismail Haniya and congratulated him on his "victory", a Hamas statement said.

"In a telephone conversation, president Abu Mazen [Abbas] congratulated prime minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas on his victory and offered condolences for the martyrs," a statement from the Gazan leader's office said.

Official Palestinian new agency Wafa said: "The president received a phone call from brother Haniya who informed him of the situation in Gaza after the ceasefire.

"The president saluted [the Palestinian] steadfastness in face of the aggression and stressed the importance of reaching a ceasefire and sparing Gaza the scourge of war," Wafa said, adding: "The president supports the efforts to strengthen national unity."

In addition, Haniya and two other senior Hamas officials - Ahmed Bahar and Mohammed al-Hindi - expressed their "support for the national drive for observer status from the UN on November 29", Wafa said.

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