Senior Hamas sources reported on Monday that officials of the movement and envoys of the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, held intensive talks in an attempt to gap their differences over the formation of a National Unity Government.

President Abbas plans to visit Syrian next week for a meting with officials there.


The Monday meeting between the factions was also attended by the Qatari Foreign Ministry representative Ahmad Abdul-Aziz Al Hmoud.


Hamas officials in Syria held intensive talks with Abbas’ envoys Ziad Abu Amr, and Mohammad Rashid.


Al Hmoud also met with Khalid Mashal, Hamas politburo chief in Syria and discussed with him proposal by Abbas regarding the sensitive interior and finance cabinet posts in the government.


Several Palestinian officials said last week that a progress had been made during similar talks between Mashal and two envoys sent by Abbas.


Abbas is expected in Syria later this week for talks with Mashal and Syrian officials.


During his Sunday meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Ramallah, Abbas said that he would set a date for early elections of negotiations fail to achieve a unity government.