During his visit to Doha, Qatar, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Qatari Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani to discuss ways of expanding the Palestinian Authority’s influence in the Gaza Strip after the war. The meeting came at the invitation of the prince and was an opportunity for Abbas to update US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on ongoing preparations for a new government, rehabilitation plan, and reforms to the PA’s administrative, legal, and economic systems.
In recent years, Blinken has emphasized the need for Abbas to prepare for the post-war period by forming a more representative government and developing plans for reform and rehabilitation. Reports suggest that Abbas briefed Blinken on these efforts during their meeting in Doha.
Despite some concerns about cooperation between Palestinian political forces, Hamas officials have expressed a willingness to work with the Palestinian Authority on rebuilding the Gaza Strip. However, they have emphasized that any new government or Reconstruction Authority must include a range of Palestinian political forces and independent national figures.
Hamas has pledged not to disrupt efforts to rebuild Gaza and support its residents in recovering from the effects of the war. The visit underscored ongoing efforts to address post-war challenges in Gaza and highlighted the importance of cooperation between Palestinian political forces for the region’s reconstruction.