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Palestinian PM reassures EU over new government

Published on Jun 3, 2014 11:12 PM

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Palestinian prime minister Rami Hamdallah assured European diplomats on Tuesday that his new unity government would respect past agreements with Israel, after chairing the cabinet's first meeting.

The new 17-member cabinet was sworn in on Monday before president Mahmud Abbas, in line with a surprise reconciliation deal reached in April between Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas and the PLO, which dominates the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority.

"Hamdallah stressed that the government is committed to all international agreements signed by the Palestine Liberation Organisation... international political initiatives and peaceful solutions," his office said.

Hamdallah was briefing EU representatives to the Palestinian territories on his new government, telling them also that his cabinet would focus on service provision and resolving pressing water issues in the Gaza Strip.

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