India Intelligence Report
 

Egypt Continues Support to PA

 

The terrorist group Hamas was asked to form the government in the Palestinian Territories (PT) by its President Mahmoud Abbas. The Hamas has invited the Fattah party to participate in a unity government and Fattah is believed to have given a tentative affirmation. Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hit a major roadblock in her trip to West Asia to persuade the countries to stop their aid to the Hamas Government. In her first stop at Cairo, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit told her that his country will continue contributing to PT indefinitely to allow Hamas to make up its own mind. Egypt donates very little to PT but its views are considered influential to the thought in West Asia. Egypt agrees with the world opinion that Hamas should renounce violence, honor prior diplomatic commitments between Israel and Palestinian representatives, and accept Israel's right to exist but said that Hamas needs time. While the US & EU have promised to continue relief aid through the UN, they have suspended all other direct programs.

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