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Hamas chief visits Jordan after 12-year rupture

01-30-2012 05:57 BJT

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Jordan’s King Abdullah has held talks with Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal on Sunday. This is the Islamist movement’s leader’s first official visit to Amman, since the kingdom expelled him in 1999.

Though this visit has revived Jordan’s contacts with the Palestinian group, the country will not lift a ban on its activities. Khaled Mashaal’s visit is part of Jordan’s efforts to engage with the previously shunned Islamists, who have been gaining ground across the region in uprisings of the Arab world.

Re-establishing contact with Hamas, will position Jordan to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians. But Jordanian officials said Hamas will not be allowed to reopen its offices in Jordan. Mashaal had been in exile in Syria since his expulsion. Now his camp is on shaky grounds, with the harsh Syrian government crackdown on protesters, including some Palestinians in Syria.

The crown prince of Qatar arranged the visit in an effort to help Hamas find a new place to operate.



Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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