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December 29, 2011 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir met on Thursday with a visiting delegation from the Palestinian Hamas movement that currently controls the Gaza strip.

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal (L) and Hamas’ Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh (R) meet with Sudan’s President Omer Hassan al-Bashir in Khartoum December 29, 2011 (Reuters)

The delegation included Gaza’s Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas co-founders Mahmood al-Zahar and Mousa abu-Marzook as well as politburo Chief Khalid Meshaal.

According to Sudan official news agency (SUNA), Bashir discussed with Hamas the developments in the Palestinian territories particularly with regards to reconciliation and reforming the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO).

Meshaal expressed the gratitude and appreciation of Palestinian people to the support extended by the government and people of Sudan to their cause and the issue of Jerusalem in particular.

He added that they were briefed by Bashir on the developments in Sudan and noted that links between Palestine and Sudan are “strong”.

Meshaal said that Jerusalem is targeted by the "Israeli enemy" through displacement, Judaization and excavations

Haniyeh said they acquainted Bashir on the developments of events in Gaza, noting that Sudan offered a lot to ease the siege on the Gaza Strip.

He said that what is required is material and moral support from the Arab and Islamic world to aid the resistance of Palestinians in Jerusalem and the political position that supports Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

The visit to Sudan was part of Haniyeh’s first official regional tour since Hamas seized power in Gaza in 2007.

Last week, PLO chief Mahmood Abbas met with Hamas leaders in Cairo and it was agreed that a committee be formed to prepare for the inclusion of Hamas, as well as the smaller militant group Islamic Jihad, in the PLO.

The committee will now prepare for an internal election of the PLO parliament in order to facilitate Hamas and the Islamic Jihad membership.

Hamas is under intense political pressure particularly after Syria, it s main backer, fell into disarray with bloody unrest that have been ongoing since earlier this year.

Many Hamas officials and their families who were based in Damascus for decades have left for Gaza and Egypt as the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad appeared to be on uncertain footing.

Some reports have suggested that Hamas is considering locating its headquarters from Damascus to Khartoum.

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  • 30 December 2011 09:13, by omoni jr.

    Kiir met with Benjamin Netanyahu.
    Al Bashir omar meet with Hamas leader.

    And why NCP criticized our president for visiting Israel?
    khartoum trying to keep bullying us,but you will never succeed for that stupid dreams.

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    • 30 December 2011 09:43, by omoni jr.

      Osam Bin Laden shiek was sheltered and protected in Khartoum in 190s.And some of NCP loyalist ministers’s son are fighting along side with Al shabab of somalia in which one of minister son called in 2009.
      Kiir need to train and arm southern troop to defend this nation.

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  • 30 December 2011 09:15, by Abraham Ayom

    South Sudan delegation including President was the first to meet Israeli authorities in Tel-Aviv and Sudan today meet with Hamas delegation in Khartoum to plan Khartoum as to be the capital for Al-Qaida network in Arab World. Everything reconciled no threat or fear regarding Hamas in Khartoum except American and Israeli citizens in Sudan should be careful.

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    • 30 December 2011 10:59, by Edema Ladu

      Hamas has noticed that the Syrian regime is coming to an end so they are trying to make ties with Bash ire so that they move to Khartoum then if it follows in Khartoum where are they going to be?
      be careful you thugs ! You are staying in Syria and misleading and confusing people and causing in security in Palestine
      Israel People will leveled you heads which are not heeding.

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  • 30 December 2011 11:00, by J P Puok

    your visitors mr Bachir are terrorists and so do you. Birds of the same feathers flock together!!!!!

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  • 30 December 2011 18:51, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state."

    Are you kidding Israel? You are almost at the death row. Just continue with your hatred.

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  • 30 December 2011 19:24, by abdullah

    both Hamas and NCP Islamist are dangerous for Sudan and the region. their terrorist activity will not bring peace but only bring more instability , both need to go to hell where they belong.

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