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Apr\il 27, 2024 (EIRNS)—Reuters reported today, quoting a Fatah official, that China has invited both Hamas and Fatah (the Palestinian Authority, PA) representatives to talks in China to discuss cooperation. Reuters notes that “Washington is wary of moves to reconcile the two groups, as it supports the PA but has banned Hamas as terrorists.”

The wire reported that a Fatah delegation led by the group’s senior official Azzam Al-Ahmed, had left for China, while a Hamas official said the faction’s team for the talks, led by senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk, would be flying there on April 26. Without confirming the meeting, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular press briefing on April 26: “We support strengthening the authority of the Palestinian National Authority, and support all Palestinian factions in achieving reconciliation and increasing solidarity through dialogue and consultation.”