Hamas to Participate in Planned PNC Meeting

Palestinian Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh,

Gaza City, 06 Rabiul Awwal 1438/05 January 1438/05 January 2017 (MINA) – Hamas announced Wednesday it would take part in a preparatory meeting in advance of an upcoming session of the Palestinian National Council (PNC).

“In order to implement a consensus agreement, strengthen unity among Palestinian groups and end disunity, [Hamas] decided to attend the meeting to be held on Jan. 10-11 in Lebanese capital Beirut,” World Bulletin reported, citing a written statement by the Palestinian resistance movement.

The invitation came from PNC’s President Salim al-Za’nun, the statement said.

The last two sessions of the PNC — which functions as a parliament for the PLO — were held in the Gaza Strip and Ramallah in 1996 and 2009, respectively.

PNC’s executive board members consist from several Palestinian groups except Hamas and the Islamic Jihad Organization. (T/RS05/RS01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)