May 4, 2011 - 12:00am

Jordan's Minister of State for Communications and Media Affairs Taher Adwan said Wednesday Jordan welcomes the reconciliation deal signed between Fatah and Hama, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

"Jordan supports any efforts that help end the divide between Gaza and Ramallah that harmed the Palestinian issue," Adwan said in a statement.

The Jordanian government hopes that the deal will enhance Palestinian, Jordanian, Arab and international efforts to attain the desired peace and create an independent Palestinian state, said Adwan.

"Jordan reiterates its support to the Palestinian authority and to all efforts to support the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank," said the minister.

Leaders of the two Palestinian factions on Wednesday signed in Cairo a Egypt-drafted reconciliation agreement, which envisions the formation of a technocratic government to rule the Hamas- controlled Gaza Strip and the West Bank, which was ruled by the Fatah-led Palestinian National Authority.

By proclaiming the reconciliation pact, rival Hamas and Fatah party ended around four years of internal division, which began when Hamas routed the security forces of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and seized control of the Gaza Strip in 2007.


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