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June 6, 2014 10:27 am

Sources: U.S. Has Coducted Secret Meetings With Hamas for More Than Six Months

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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and U.S. President Barack Obama. Photo: White House.

Buzzfeed United States officials have been holding secret back-channel talks with Hamas over the last six months to discuss their role in the newly formed unity government, according to two senior diplomatic sources with direct knowledge of the talks.

The meetings were held between U.S. intermediaries and Hamas’ leadership, which lives outside the Gaza Strip in third-party countries ranging from Egypt to Qatar and Jordan. Topics included the ceasefire agreement with Israel and the recently formed unity government between Hamas and Fatah.

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