Report: Hamas leader Mashaal seeking presidency of PLO
Al-Arabi' quotes Palestinian sources as saying several Arab states, led
by Jordan and Qatar, are pushing for Mashaal to chair the PLO as a way
of getting Hamas to sign the Oslo Accords and recognize Israel.
Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal is seeking to take over the presidency of
the Palestinian Liberation Organization, currently chaired by
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the London-Based daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Monday.
to the report, Mashaal's desire to chair the PLO is behind his decision
not to stand for reelection to his position as chairman of Hamas's
Al-Quds Al-Arabi quoted
Palestinian sources as saying several Arab states, led by Jordan and
Qatar, are pushing for Mashaal to chair the PLO as a way of getting
Hamas to sign the Oslo Accords and recognize Israel.
The report added that Mashaal's meeting
with Jordanian King Abdullah on Monday was part of the regional effort
to spur the resumption of peace talks which would lead to the
establishment of a Palestinian state within the pre-1967 lines with
agreed upon land swaps. King Abdullah was seeking a commitment from
Hamas to accept such an agreement.
Mashaal and other Hamas leaders
were expelled from Jordan and stripped of their Jordanian citizenship
more than a decade ago. But over the past 18 months, Jordan has moved
toward restoring its relations with Hamas, allowing Mashaal and some of
his top aides to visit the kingdom on at least three occasions.