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U.S. says it intends to work with Palestinian unity gov't

English.news.cn   2014-06-03 08:13:37

WASHINGTON, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The United States intends to work with the new Palestinian unity government, but will monitor its policies closely, the State Department said Monday.

"At this point, it appears that President Abbas has formed an interim technocratic government that does not include ministers affiliated with Hamas," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told a press briefing. "Based on what we know now, we intend to work with this government."

The Palestinian national unity government was sworn in Monday before Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah after a reconciliation deal between the Fatah party and Islamic Hamas movement in April.

Abbas said the new government is committed to previous agreements signed by the Palestine Liberation Organization, reiterating that it is the sole representative of the Palestinians.

Psaki said Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the U.S. stance on the new government earlier Monday.

On Sunday, Netanyahu urged the world not to recognize the Palestinian unity government, adding that "Hamas is a terror organization which calls for the destruction of Israel."

At Monday's briefing, Psaki also warned that the U.S. will be judging the new government "by its actions."

"We will continue to evaluate the composition and policies of the new government, and if needed, will calibrate our approach," she said.

The spokeswoman added that the U.S. will continue to provide aid to the Palestinians, which, according to a Congressional Research Service report, totaled about 440 million U.S. dollars in the fiscal year of 2013.

Editor: Yang Yi
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