Exclusive: Algeria keen on success of Palestinian meetings
Efforts to unify Palestinian factions are underway, as PFLP-GC tells Al-Mayadeen that their visit to Algeria aims to overcome obstacles and bridge divides.
The delegation of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) told Al Mayadeen today, Saturday, that "Algeria was keen on the success of the Palestinian meeting."
The PFLP-GC, in a visit to Algeria, said that "Algeria worked with integrity so that dialogue would be a basis for a Palestinian-Palestinian agreement later," noting that "brothers in Algeria have confirmed that they will not announce any final decision now. They need to be completely certain that the parties are ready to abide by what is agreed upon."
Today, the PFLP-GC delegation arrived in Algiers, the Algerian capital, at the invitation of the government. The delegation includes Maher Al-Taher, Kayed Al-Ghoul, and Jamil Mezher, and it is expected that they will meet with the Algerian leadership tomorrow, Sunday.
During the coming meeting, the Front will present its vision which aims to bridge divides and restore national unity, based on a collective agreement, in addition to presenting mechanisms that will help overcome obstacles to reach an agreement.
Furthermore, a delegation from the Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine (PIJ) also arrived today. Heading the delegation is the Head of the movement's political department, Mohammed Al-Hindi.
According to the Palestinian press agency Safa, the aim of the visit is to discuss the latest development regarding the Palestinian issue with Algeria, learn the movement's vision on Palestinian unity, and build a national reference.
Last Sunday, the delegations of 6 Palestinian factions arrived in Algeria to discuss reconciliation with sovereign bodies in the country. The factions include Fatah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the PFLP, the PFLP-GC, and the DFLP.
Algerian authorities preempted an initiative for a conference on "Palestinian reconciliation" through extensive consultations with Cairo and Riyadh, because of their significant impact on the Palestinian issue and joint Arab action in general. Cairo considers that "mediation and the Palestinian cause fall within its regional responsibilities."
The Algerian leadership realizes that resolving differences between major Palestinian factors, especially when it comes to elections, is a very difficult matter, given that there is not much time left before the next Arab summit will be held in March in Algeria.
On the other hand, Palestinian leadership revealed to Al Mayadeen that the Algerian party in charge of the conference on Palestinian unity leans on historical balance and Algeria's relationship with the Palestinian factions.