Jordan's king Abdullah II endorses Palestinian reconciliation deal

Jordan's king Abdullah II endorses Palestinian reconciliation deal

Jordan's king Abdullah II endorses Palestinian reconciliation deal

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Jordan's king on Sunday endorsed a fledgling Palestinian reconciliation agreement that is meant to end a decade-old political and ideological split between rivals Hamas and Fatah.

Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007 with Iranian backing, but is expected to hand it over to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority.

In line with its revolutionary and Islamic principles, Iran has always defended Palestine's cause, Shamkhani said and noted that the relentless fight against the Israeli regime was the core, strategic and unchangeable policy of the resistance front.

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Disagreements have been resolved and the two sides are discussing increase of supports for the Palestinian resistance and the Palestinian cause, he added. Jordan, which considers itself a key Mideast mediator, was not directly involved in reconciliation efforts.

After the talks, President Abbas said in a press statement that his talks with His Majesty the King dealt with the Palestinian national reconciliation and the agreement signed in Cairo, pointing out that he briefed King Abdullah on the agreement's details, and lauded the King's efforts to support the Palestinian issue.

But Hamas's Gaza leader, Yahya Sinwar, said Thursday, "The discussion is no longer about recognizing Israel but about wiping Israel out".

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Creating a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians "will take time", a senior White House official said. It is unclear whether that will satisfy the global community.

A senior USA official from Greenblatt's office said Sunday that Egypt had expressed a "strong desire" to help American peace efforts and improve conditions for Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Earlier in the day, an administration official said that "creating a lasting peace agreement will take time", in a statement on U.S. special envoy Jason Greenblatt's trip to Egypt to discuss a Palestinian reconciliation agreement.

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The official, who was not authorized to talk to the media on the record, spoke on condition of anonymity.

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