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Obama says Abbas unity push with Hamas 'unhelpful'

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

SEOUL: U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday that a decision by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to seek unity with Hamas was "unhelpful".

But he said his administration would not give up on Secretary of State John Kerry's peace push, despite the latest setbacks and Israel's declaration that the Palestinian move had scuppered the American initiative.

 

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