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New Beginnings in Gaza: President Abbas’s Visit to Qatar Signals Cooperation and Reconstruction


Feb 12, 2024
After the war, Abu Mazen to focus on security and rehabilitation of Gaza

President Abbas’s recent visit to Doha, Qatar, was at the invitation of the prince to discuss expanding the Palestinian Authority’s influence in Gaza Strip following the war. During his meeting with US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, Abbas briefed him on ongoing preparations for a new government, rehabilitation plan and reforms to the PA’s administrative, legal, and economic systems.

According to reports, Hamas officials expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority on rebuilding Gaza Strip but emphasized the need for a government and Reconstruction Authority that includes a range of Palestinian political forces and independent national figures. Hamas pledged not to disrupt efforts to rebuild Gaza Strip and support its residents in recovering from the effects of war.

The visit highlighted the ongoing efforts to address post-war challenges in Gaza and underscored the importance of cooperation between Palestinian political forces for regional reconstruction. The US has previously urged Abbas to prepare for post-war period by forming a more representative government and developing plans for reform and rehabilitation. This visit can be seen as a step towards that direction.

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