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Published: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday December 3, 2013 MYT 8:28:46 AM

Hamas seeks Umno’s help to reconcile with Fatah

KUALA LUMPUR: Palestinian liberation group Hamas has requested Umno to help in its reconciliation with rival Fatah.

Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Hamas felt that Umno was close to both Palestinian groups.

The request was made by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who is in Malaysia to attend the Umno general assembly tomorrow.

“Khaled has asked me to convey this to the Prime Minister,” said Ahmad Zahid. “Hamas has chosen Umno because they are confident with the party and has witnessed the transformation which we have done, not only within the party but for the country,” he said.

Hamas and Fatah have been in dispute since 2007, resulting in Hamas controlling Gaza while its rival controls the West Bank.

In January, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak visited Gaza as a humanitarian gesture of solidarity with the plight of the people in the occupied territories.

Ahmad Zahid said Khaled’s visit was also part of an effort involving leaders from Umno as well as PAS and PKR.

The effort is being conducted by a body known as the Palestinian Cultural Organisation of Malaysia, under the patronage of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad while Ahmad Zahid is the adviser.

Other members of the organisation include PKR’s Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, former PAS deputy president Nasharudin Mat Isa and Dr Syed AzmanSyed Ahmad Nawawi, also from PAS.

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Tags / Keywords: Politics, umno, zahid

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