Abbas hails Gaza PM 'victory' in phonecall: Hamas

AFP , Thursday 22 Nov 2012

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas congratulates Hamas PM on his 'victory' following the lately-reached ceasefire with Israel

Mahmoud Abbas speaks in Ramallah, September 16, 2011 (Photo: Reuters)

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas spoke by telephone on Thursday with Gaza's Hamas premier Ismail Haniya and congratulated him on his "victory," a Hamas statement said.

"In a telephone conversation, president Abu Mazen (Abbas) congratulated prime minister Ismail Haniya of Hamas on his victory and offered condolences for the martyrs," a statement from the Gazan leader's office said.

Official Palestinian new agency Wafa said: "The president received a phone call from brother Haniya who informed him of the situation in Gaza after the ceasefire.

"The president saluted (the Palestinian) steadfastness in face of the aggression and stressed the importance of reaching a ceasefire and sparing Gaza the scourge of war," Wafa said, adding: "The president supports the efforts to strengthen national unity."

In addition, Haniya and two other senior Hamas officials -- Ahmed Bahar and Mohammed al-Hindi -- expressed their "support for the national drive for observer status from the UN on November 29," Wafa said.

The Hamas prime minister of the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniya, on Thursday called on all Palestinian factions to respect a truce deal reached with Israel a day earlier.

"I salute the resistance factions who have respected the agreement since it entered into force and I ask everyone to respect it and act accordingly," Haniya said in a Gaza City speech.

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