Hamas Blames Fatah for Cancelling Cairo Mtg

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Hamas blamed Fatah for cancelling Thursday's meeting in Cairo, where exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas were to discuss implementation of the P.A. unity government.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Fatah's cancellation is "evidence they are not serious," the Palestinian Authority's official Ma'an News Agency reported Friday.

According to Ma'an, senior Fatah official Jamal Muheisin said "internal discussions" and preparations to meet with the Arab League were delaying reconciliation talks with Hamas.

But senior Hamas official Ismail Radwan blamed Fatah for the postponement and for not announcing a new date.

"We didn't feel that Fatah is doing any progress or any efforts in this case," Radwan said.

Meanwhile, Gaza-based Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, who left Monday for meetings in Iran, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain, said his faction insists that Meshaal remain the movement's "supreme leader," the London-based al-Hayat daily reported.

In Doha, Haniyeh met with Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani, the emir of Qatar, to discuss reconciliation efforts with Fatah, the "Arab spring," and the "Judaization threats in occupied Jerusalem," al-Hayat reported.

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