Palestinian PM Ismail Haniyeh met Syrian President Bashar Assad on Monday to discuss efforts to form a unity government, the official SANA news agency said. "The meeting affirmed the need to support the Palestinian people fully and work on breaking the siege imposed on them," the agency said. "Shoring up Palestinian national unity is also paramount in delicate circumstances such as these."
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal lives in Syria along with several other high-level members of Hamas, which is locked in a dispute with Fatah over forming a new government. Palestinian politicians say Syria has been gently pushing Hamas to compromise on the government issue, but Hamas leaders say the group is entitled to key positions in the government that reflect its dominance in parliament. On Friday, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said that Hamas was to blame for the failed talks on a Palestinian unity government