Doha, Qatar - Hamas leader Khaled Mesha'l said on Tuesday that the Islamist group was close to mending rifts with Palestine Liberation Organization, but vowed resistance against the Zionist occupation will continue, emphasizing that the Palestinian reconciliation is not a substitute for the choice of resistance, but this approach is a promote and support to it..
Speaking at a gathering in Doha to mark "Nakba", the annual commemoration of what Palestinians term the catastrophe of their displacement when the Zionist entity was founded, Mesha'l said Hamas has made sacrifices for the reconciliation to take place.
"We have turned the page on this division... Hamas has already made sacrifices and this was necessary to be closer with our brothers, but with the invader we will not make any compromises," he said.
Hamas and the PLO announced a unity pact on April 23 after a long line of failed efforts to reconcile seven years of bickering. It envisions a unity government within five weeks and national elections six months later.
Zionist entity said after the announcement that Abbas had chosen Hamas over peace and cancelled a session of U.S.-brokered talks with the Palestinians that had been scheduled for Wednesday night in Jerusalem.
A source close to Hamas said details of the pact are currently being finalised between the two groups in Doha.
Earlier this month, President Mahmoud Abbas was in Doha for what was described as a personal visit. However, he met with Mesha'l and the two held positive discussions, according to local media reports in Qatar.
This week Palestinian politician Jibril Rajoub, who has close ties with Abbas, was in Doha and also met Mesha'l, a source familiar with the matter said.
However, Meshaal views the reconciliation as "opening new options" for attaining the Palestinians' common goals.
"The reconciliation does not mean an end to our resistance against the invaders, resistance will continue as long as the occupation exists."
Source : Agencies