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Published: Thursday April 24, 2014 MYT 1:32:20 AM
Updated: Thursday April 24, 2014 MYT 1:33:39 AM

Abbas: Unity with Hamas does not contradict peace talks with Israel

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Wednesday a unity pact he reached with the militant group Hamas earlier in the day did not contradict peace talks he is pursuing with Israel.

Israel called off a session of talks in response to the deal with the Gaza-based Islamist group, which is sworn to its destruction. But Abbas said in a statement that an independent state living peacefully alongside Israel remained his goal.

(Reporting By Noah Browning; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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