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Saudis seek end to Palestinian rivalry

July 2, 2012

Tuesday, February 6. 2007
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has invited rival Palestinian leaders to a meeting in Mecca aimed at ending a recent wave of factional fighting.

Three days of clashes between the governing Hamas faction and its rival, Fatah, have left at least 24 dead.

In an open letter, the king described the violence as a “disgrace” and urged leaders to make “dialogue prevail over the language of arms”.

Hamas and Fatah accepted the invitation but no date was set for the meeting.

The two factions had been making renewed efforts to form a national unity government to satisfy the demands of international donors.

The US and the European Union froze funding when Hamas, the largest Palestinian militant Islamist organisation took office last March, demanding that Hamas renounce violence and recognise Israel.

Both sides have blamed the other for the outbreak of violence and say they have suspended their talks.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has denied talk of rifts within the royal family, according to an interview carried out by state news agency SPA and published on Saturday

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