Hamas will not be allowed to open any offices in the Jordanian capital despite the group’s apparent reconciliation with rival Palestinian faction Fatah, a senior Jordanian official said Thursday.
“Hamas is a Palestinian [political] party,” the official, who spoke anonymously due to the issue’s sensitivity, told Anadolu Agency.
“Jordan’s political parties law prohibits non-Jordanian parties from opening branches on Jordanian territory,” he said.
Despite its sizeable Palestinian population, Jordan closed all Hamas offices countrywide in 1999.
Last week, Hamas and Fatah signed a landmark reconciliation agreement in Cairo.
The deal -- if it holds -- will allow the Ramallah-based Palestinian unity government to assume political and administrative responsibility for the Gaza Strip, which for the last ten years has been run by Hamas.
The Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip have remained politically divided since 2007, when Hamas wrested control of the strip from the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority.
Hamas’s capture of Gaza in 2007 ended an earlier -- if short-lived -- unity government set up after Hamas swept 2006 Palestinian legislative elections.
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