Kerry calls Abbas to express concern over unity with Hamas
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Kerry calls Abbas to express concern over unity with Hamas

Ahead of expected announcement of new government, top US diplomat stresses importance of nonviolence, recognition of Israel

US Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington on May 13, 2014. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad)
US Secretary of State John Kerry at the State Department in Washington on May 13, 2014. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad)

Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Sunday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas about the imminent establishment of the PA’s new unity government, and voiced renewed concern about Hamas.

Abbas earlier said the lineup of a unity government will be announced Monday, after a delay caused by loggerheads between the sides over who will head the foreign ministry.

The Islamist movement Hamas and the Western-backed Palestine Liberation Organization, dominated by Abbas’s secular Fatah party, signed a surprise reconciliation agreement in April to end years of rivalry.

During his telephone call with Abbas, Kerry “expressed concern about Hamas’s role in any such government and the importance that the new government commit to the principles of nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel and acceptance of previous agreements with it,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

“President Abbas assured the secretary that the new government would be committed to these principles.”

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