RAMALLAH, Feb. 25 (Xinhuanet) -- Chief Palestinian
negotiator Saeb Erekat Saturday said the U.S. pledged to continue financial
support for the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) though the Islamic
Resistance Movement (Hamas) would lead a new Palestinian government.
Erekat told reporters following a meeting in Ramallah
with visiting deputy US Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs David Welsh.
The meeting was the first high-level U.S.-Palestinian
contact since Hamas, whose charter calls for destruction of Israel, scored a
landslide victory in Palestinian Parliamentary elections last month.
Welsh is also scheduled to meet with Palestinian
President Mahmoud Abbas later on Saturday, according to Palestinian and Israeli
The U.S. official is also expected to meet with
Israeli officials on Sunday, said the sources. Enditem