Qatar FM: Hamas in Doha to facilitate Palestinian unity:

Asia Middle East Forum

Qatar’s foreign minister has said the presence in Doha of political leaders belonging to the Gaza-based Palestinian group Hamas is “coordinated with the US” and aimed at facilitating Palestinian unity.

“Hamas’ presence [in Doha] is coordinated with the US and the countries in the region, and it’s part of our effort to mediate between the Palestinian factions to reach reconciliation,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told Al Jazeera on Thursday.

The statement comes four days after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt cut diplomatic ties and transport links with Qatar, closing, air land and sea borders over and sending the GCC countries into their largest crisis in years.

They accuse Qatar of supporting armed groups – including Hamas – and their regional rival, Iran. Qatar says the charges are baseless.

The Gaza Strip has undergone a decade-long Israeli blockade and three Israeli assaults that massively damaged its infrastructure.

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