Meshaal to U.S.: Drop preconditions for talks with Hamas

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshaal describes the tone of Obama's speech on the Middle East "encouraging" but he urges the Obama administration to drop preconditions for engaging Hamas.

"Obama says he will turn a new page in the region and begin a dialogue with the Iranians and with the Syrians unconditionally," Meshaal told the pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat. "If so, why is he placing conditions on Hamas?"


Meshaal said Obama's "concept of a Palestinian state remains vague given that he did not specifically mention the issue of territory, borders, the capital, the right of return, and a timetable for the state's establishment."


"These are essential points," Meshaal told the Asharq al-Awsat.


"We have come to a difficult period," he told the London-based newspaper. "This is not an easy time. Our rights have been violated. We will present our vision."


The pan-Arab daily Al Quds al-Arabi reported on Tuesday that Meshal plans to present his own policy speech after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lays out his long-awaited diplomatic vision with an address at Ramat Gan's Bar-Ilan University.


At a press conference given at the end of Palestinian crisis talks in Egypt, Meshaal also said Hamas will not obstruct any political movement towards establishing a Palestinian state on 1967 borders.







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