Hamas and Fatah, the two rival parties of Palestine, met in China

Last Updated on May 1, 2024 4:24 am

Two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, have met in China to discuss a possible reconciliation. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Beijing confirmed this information on Monday (April 29).

Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lin Jian, said that the representatives of the two parties held detailed discussions in China for the reconciliation of Palestine. However, the spokesperson did not say when they held the meeting.

He further said that the two sides have openly expressed their political will for reconciliation through dialogue and consultation. Discussed many specific issues and made positive progress. China and Palestine have a traditional friendship. We support the Palestinian parties to achieve the desired reconciliation through dialogue and consultation, and we will work together towards the end.

For years, there has been rivalry between the respective rulers of the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip. But the Israeli war in Gaza has fueled their talks on Palestinian reconciliation.

Earlier this year, representatives of the two groups, as well as other political parties, met in Moscow to discuss the possibility of forming a unified Palestinian government.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007, after defeating Fatah in parliamentary elections in 2007.

China has historically been sympathetic to the Palestinians and supports the two-state solution, a major cause of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Beijing has been calling for an immediate ceasefire since the Israel-Gaza war broke out in October.

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