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    Haaretz - Wednesday, 02 May 2012 Published 19:55 02.05.12Latest update 19:55 02.05.12 Hamas says holding secret diplomatic talks with EU states Europe and the
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      Haaretz - Wednesday, 02 May 2012
      Published 19:55 02.05.12Latest update 19:55 02.05.12

      Hamas says holding secret diplomatic talks with EU states

      Europe and the U.S. have been rethinking Mideast policy since the Arab
      Spring uprisings toppled several pro-Western regimes in favor of Islamists.

      By The Associated Press

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/hamas-says-holding-secret-diplomatic-talks-with-eu-states-1.427829


      Hamas has been holding secret political talks with five European Union
      member states in recent months, a senior member of the Gaza-based
      Islamist movement said on Wednesday.

      The EU's official stance indicates that it will not deal with Hamas
      unless the group renounces violence and recognizes Israel.

      Europe and the U.S. have been rethinking Mideast policy since the Arab
      Spring uprisings toppled several pro-Western regimes in favor of Islamists.

      Osama Hamdan, who handles foreign relations for Hamas, told The
      Associated Press on Wednesday that talks with European government
      officials focus on the Hamas positions toward Israel and paralyzed
      Mideast peace efforts.

      Hamdan would not name the countries. Three Hamas officials in
      Hamas-ruled Gaza said Britain, France and Holland are among them.
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