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Abbas appreciates Meshal's efforts to achieve consensus government
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ALRAY - President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, expressed his deep appreciation to Khaled Meshal, the Head of Hamas Political Bureau, for his role and the efforts he made in order to achieve the formation of a Palestinian consensus government.

Under terms of a deal signed on April 23, the main Palestinian rivals, Fatah and Hamas, agreed to establish a unity cabinet of 17 independent ministers that would organize long-delayed elections.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a unity government on Monday after overcoming a last-minute dispute with the Hamas.

Ministers in the new administration took the oath of office in a televised ceremony in Ramallah, the Palestinian seat of government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Three ministers from the Gaza Strip were denied entry to the West Bank via Israel.