LONDON, June 3 (Xinhua) -- British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Tuesday hailed the formation of a new interim technocratic government in Palestine.
On Monday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced the end of a seven-year-long political division between his Fatah party and the Islamic Hamas movement, forming a national unity government which was sworn in on Monday in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
"We welcome yesterday's announcement on the formation of a new interim technocratic government for the Occupied Palestinian Territories," Hague said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Reuniting Gaza and the West Bank under a government committed to peace is a necessary condition for resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict," he added.
The foreign secretary said that Britain's continued support to the new unity government "will rest on its commitment to the principle of non-violence, and an acceptance of all previous agreements and obligations, including Israel's legitimate right to exist."
"We now look to the new government to demonstrate these commitments through its actions as well as its words," he noted.
On Monday, Abbas said the unity government is interim and it will mainly focus on serving the Palestinian people and preparing for future general elections expected to be held in six months.
The new consensus government sought to end years of political rivalry between Fatah and Hamas, which began after Hamas militias seized control of the Gaza Strip in June 2007 after rooting out forces loyal to Abbas who now rules the West Bank.
Hamas and Fatah agreed to reconcile and form a unity government on April 23.