KSA hopes Fatah-Hamas reconciliation will help Palestinians gain legitimate rights

KSA hopes Fatah-Hamas reconciliation will help Palestinians gain legitimate rights
People release pigeons during an event to show support for a unity deal between rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah in Gaza City on October 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem)
Updated 14 October 2017

KSA hopes Fatah-Hamas reconciliation will help Palestinians gain legitimate rights

KSA hopes Fatah-Hamas reconciliation will help Palestinians gain legitimate rights

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia on Friday expressed hopes that the reconciliation of rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas will help them gain their legitimate rights.
A statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), citing a sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said it is the kingdom's "hope that this important achievement would achieve the hopes and aspirations of the brotherly Palestinian people to end the division and achieve Palestinian unity, thereby enabling Palestinian brothers to achieve their legitimate rights in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative."
The two Palestinian factions signed a reconciliation agreement on Thursday in Cairo after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war.
Also on Thursday, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulated Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the national reconciliation agreement.
In a telephone call, he expressed optimism on the latest progress allowing the Palestinian government to shoulder its responsibilities in Gaza, welcoming Egypt's efforts to reach this goal and calling for solving the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, particularly the power cut and traffic jam.
Guterres reiterated his organization's readiness to continue with the Palestinian authority and the countries of the region their support for the government in Gaza, SPA said.