Palestinian unity government will reject violence: Abbas

Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (L), head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh (C) and senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq hold their hands after announcing a reconciliation agreement in Gaza City, in this April 23, 2014 file picture. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/Files

RAMALLAH: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Saturday the new unity government he is set to head with Hamas backing would reject violence and recognise Israel and existing agreements with it.

"The upcoming government will obey my policy," he told members of the Palestine Liberation Organisation's Central Council. "I recognise Israel and reject violence and terrorism, and recognise international commitments."

Israel halted peace talks after a Wednesday reconciliation agreement between Abbas's PLO and the Islamist Hamas movement, which is pledged to Israel's destruction.





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