The two rivals will discuss ending the internal division and holding general elections.
The Palestinian party Fatah, which dominates the Palestinian Authority (PA) government in the occupied West Bank, will meet a Hamas delegation in the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday following a meeting with Palestinian faction leaders earlier this month.
The two rivals will discuss the end of the internal division from when the Hamas movement took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 following a preventive coup by Fatah.
They will also hold talks on developing a strategy to meet the challenges facing Palestinian causes, most notably President Donald Trump̵
“In its official Twitter account, Fatah announced its delegation – which includes Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub – arrived in Turkey to hold meetings with a Hamas delegation including its leaders and his deputies to end the division and implement the recommendations of the Secretary-General’s meeting.”
? The arrival of a delegation from the Fatah movement, including Major General Jibril Rajoub and Rouhi Fattouh, to Turkey to hold meetings with a delegation from Hamas, including the movement’s president and his deputies, to complete the division and implement the recommendations of the meeting with the Secretaries General.
– Fatah (@fatehorg) September 21, 2020
A member of Hamas’ political bureau, Khalil al-Hayya, said the meeting was “an extension of the dialogue between the Palestinian forces, to implement the results of the meeting with the secretaries of the factions that took place in Ramallah.”
Al-Hayya added that Hamas was committed to achieving national unity in order to lead a comprehensive national strategy in the face of challenges and plans aimed at the Palestinian cause.
On September 3, PA President Mahmoud Abbas held a meeting in which the leaders of the Palestinian factions agreed to consolidate a peaceful transfer of power through free and fair elections according to proportional representation.
Earlier, Rajoub had announced that the Palestinians were moving in the direction of general elections, adding that “their decision is in their hands, far from the influence and care of any regional party”.
The Palestinians have not held general elections since 2006, and internal divisions began a year later due to the conflict between Fatah and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Since then, both sides’ attempts to unite have failed.