Thursday, February 08, 2007

Saudi Broker Palestinian Deal

I'll bet this cost the Saudis a lot of money:
Rival Palestinian leaders signed an agreement in principle on a power-sharing government Thursday in Saudi-brokered talks in Mecca.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, of the mainstream Fatah movement, and Khaled Meshaal, leader of the militant Hamas group, signed the accord at a ceremony hosted by Saudi King Abdullah in a palace overlooking the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine.

The deal sets out the principles of the coalition government, including a promise that it will "respect" previous peace deals with Israel, delegates said. It also divvies up Cabinet posts in the new government.

Still, if Hamas actually keeps its end of the bargain regarding previously negotiated deals with Israel, its a step in the right direction.

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