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Hamas movement leader agrees to hand over Gaza Strip to Palestine

PM Rami Hamdallah gives nod to talks with Fatah over implementation of Cairo Agreement

IANS  |  Gaza 

PM Rami Hamdallah, Palestine, Gaza Strip, President Mahmoud Abbas
Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah performs the Eid al-Adha prayer alongside President Mahmoud Abbas at the mosque of the Patriarchs. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@RamiHamdalla)

The Hamas movement, which has ruled the since 2007, announced on Sunday that it was ready to hand over the territory to the consensus government of

Hamas announced the dissolution of the administrative committee created in March 2016 to manage the territory and invited the consensus government led by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to arrive in the to carry out the mission, an official statement said.

Hamas also agreed to an election, which has failed to take place in Gaza since 2006 as a result of the division between and Hamas, reports Efe news.

It also expressed its willingness to accept Egypt's offer for talks with in order to implement the Cairo Agreement, signed in 2011, that lays down guidelines for reconciliation.

The agreement, signed by the 11 Palestinian factions but which was never implemented, required the administrative power be run by the National Authority (PNA), although Hamas would likely retain control of security and policing in the

Other points included the establishment of joint monitoring of border posts and the absorption of Hamas security personnel into the new police force that is to be formed.

The latest announcement by Hamas puts on the path of reconciliation, with the statement announcing the group was "responding to the generous Egyptian efforts, which reflect the Egyptian desire to end the split and achieve reconciliation, and based on our desire to achieve national unity".

First Published: Sun, September 17 2017. 18:20 IST