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Berri congratulates Palestinians on reconciliation

Palestinians wave their national flags during a rally to demand the end of Palestinian political divisions, at the main square of Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

BEIRUT: Speaker Nabih Berri sent two separate letters to Palestinian officials Friday congratulating them on the reconciliation between leaders from the rival Fatah and Hamas movements in Palestine.

Berri sent the same message to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, and voiced satisfaction over the recent decisiont to form a national unity government.

“Such an achievement in this pressurized political moment that has proved so divisive reassures us that ... we can redirect people towards the main cause, which is Palestine,” the message said.

“We can thus bring down the plots aimed at dividing our nations,” the message said.

“Palestinian unity was and always will be the best weapon to achieve the national aspirations of your people and to preserve their struggles and unity.”

The Palestine Liberation Organization – internationally recognized as the sole representative of the Palestinian people – and the Islamist Hamas Movement that rules Gaza, agreed earlier this week to form a national consensus government within weeks, angering the U.S. and Israel.

 

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