GAZA, May 3 (Xinhua) -- The talks on forming a transitional unity government for the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will start this week, a senior Hamas movement official said on Saturday.
Musa Abu Marzooq, a senior Hamas leader, said in Gaza that Azzam el-Ahmad, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) delegation for reconciliation talks with Hamas, will arrive in Gaza on Sunday.
"Azzam el-Ahmad will arrive in Gaza early this week to launch the talks and consultations on forming the transitional unity government that was supposed to be formed within four weeks," Abu Marzooq said.
Hamas, which sized control of the Gaza Strip by force in 2007, agreed with a PLO delegation headed by el-Ahmad in Gaza on April 23 to implement all the previous reconciliation agreements reached in Egypt and Qatar in 2012.
Abu Marzooq said that his movement insists on implementing all the deals, the understandings and the agreements on ending the internal division. He hopes that they can overcome obstacles that may obstruct the implementation.
But he also said that "Hamas will reject the recognition of Israel."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will head the new transitional government for six months and then general elections will be held.