Palestinian Unity Gov't to Hold Maiden Meeting in Gaza: Official

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The Palestinian unity government, which took the oath of office in June under Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, will fully convene in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, a senior Palestinian official said on Monday.

Palestinian Unity Gov't to Hold Maiden Meeting in Gaza: Official

"The prime minister and all the cabinet ministers, from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, will hold a meeting in Gaza City for the first time since the government was formed in June," Ma'mon Abu Shahla, labor minister from Gaza, said in an emailed statement.

"But we don't know yet if Israel will allow the ministers from the West Bank to come to Gaza to join the meeting through Erez crossing point," Abu Shahla added.

Israel was against implementing the reconciliation agreement, and the formation of the consensus government of both Islamic Hamas movement and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Fatah Party.

Israel also controls the crossing points for goods and individuals, and have been imposing a blockade on the coastal enclave since Hamas violently seized control of the territory in 2007, Xinhua reported.

Over the past four months, the cabinet of the unity government held its weekly meetings between Gaza and the West Bank via a video conference system.


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