"Fatah and all the factions of the Palestine Liberation Organization are in favor of a Palestinian dialogue that involves all the parties," said Abbas spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina.
Hamas, which is not a member of the PLO, violently seized power in the Gaza Strip in June 2007, ousting forces loyal to Abbas, who now only holds sway in the Israeli-occupied
Senior Hamas official Mahmud Zahar said earlier this month that his movement and Fatah would hold talks in
The meeting was to take place ahead of Egyptian-sponsored Palestinian talks scheduled to start in early November. The exact date has yet to be set, but Palestinians have mentioned both Nov. 4 and Nov. 8.
"Fatah is not opposed to a meeting with Hamas but only after conclusion of an agreement to end the divisions," said Azzam Al-Ahmad, who heads the Fatah parliamentary group.
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri responded by accusing Fatah of seeking to "perpetuate Palestinian divisions and torpedo" the Egyptian efforts to bring about reconciliation.