Saturday, February 11, 2006

Israel and US on back foot over Hamas / Middle East & Africa / Arab-Israel conflict - Israel and US on back foot over Hamas: "US officials admit they were blindsided and dismayed by Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, when he proposed on Thursday inviting Hamas to Moscow for talks. The White House was left urging Russia to use the occasion to underscore the principles it had signed up to as a member of the international Quartet � made up of the US, Russia, the EU and the United Nations � that Hamas recognise Israel, renounce violence and endorse existing agreements.
US officials said they thought they had an understanding that no party would unilaterally talk to Hamas."

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