Speaking at a press conference in Cairo today, Palestinians Authority President Mahmud Abbas said the Quartet Committee -- including the European Union, the United Nations, the United States, and Russia -- will continue to give aid to the Palestinians, not a specific party.
“The Quartet agreed to continue aiding the Palestinian people because this aid is not to help a specific side or party,” Abbas said. “So they must deal separately with the fact that the people need aid and help for economic projects. The whole world must continue this aid. The issue of whether Hamas rules the next government that comes in, or others do -- this is an issue that can be discussed in the coming two or three months."
Egypt's intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, was quoted as saying that Abbas will ask Hamas to form a government only if it renounces violence and recognizes Israel.