2007 News Story

Palestinian leaders announce agreement in Makkah

Palestinian leaders today announced an agreement in principle for a national unity government after two days of reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah and Khalid Meshaal, head of Hamas’ political bureau, held the talks in Makkah at the invitation of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz.

Palestinian leaders announced the Makkah Agreement at Al-Safa Palace, in the presence of King Abdullah.

First, the agreement affirmed the importance of national unity as a basis for achieving the aspirations of the Palestinian people. Moreover, it stipulated that dialogue should be the only means for resolving internal differences.

Second, the parties agreed on the establishment of a Palestinian national unity government according to a detailed agreement approved by both Hamas and Fatah. They agreed to take immediate constitutional measures to achieve the national unity government.

Third, the accord included measures for the development and reform of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. And fourth, the parties agreed on the principle of political partnership on the basis of laws enforced by the Palestinian Authority.

The Palestinian parties emphasized their commitment to the Makkah Agreement in order to achieve the Palestinian national goals, which include ending the Israeli occupation and regaining their rights. They also stressed the need to focus on key issues such as Jerusalem, refugees, Al-Aqsa Mosque, prisoners, detainees, the wall and settlements.

Text of the Makkah Agreement