During his visit to Doha, Qatar, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Prince Sheikh Hamad bin Jaber Al Thani to discuss the expansion of the Palestinian Authority’s influence in Gaza. The meeting took place after the war, and US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken had previously urged Abbas to prepare for the post-war period by forming a more representative government and developing plans for reform and rehabilitation.
According to reports, Abbas briefed Blinken on ongoing preparations for a new government, a rehabilitation plan, and reforms to the PA’s administrative, legal, and economic systems. Hamas officials expressed their willingness to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority in rebuilding Gaza but stressed the need for a government and Reconstruction Authority that includes a range of Palestinian political forces and independent national figures.
Hamas has pledged not to hinder efforts to rebuild Gaza and support its residents in recovering from the effects of the war. The visit highlighted ongoing efforts to address post-war challenges in Gaza and the importance of cooperation between Palestinian political forces to rebuild the region.