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PA rejects U.S. caution against including Hamas in leadership

The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday rejected a warning by the United States administration against inviting Hamas to join a unified leadership group. Palestinian cabinet minister Saeb Erekat told Israel’s Itim news agency that the U.S. has no authority to intervene in internal Palestinian matters. He added that the Americans should be giving the Palestinians guarantees that if Israel does indeed withdraw from the Gaza Strip, under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan, the pullout will be part of the U.S.-backed road map. The U.S. said Tuesday it opposes any cooperation with the militant Palestinian organization. In an interview to the German magazine Focus, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat expressed support for the inclusion of the militant organization in the Palestinian leadership. Full Story

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