Monday, August 17, 2009
"17/08/2009 Hamas is interested in opening a dialogue with the Obama administration because its policies are much better than those of former US president George W. Bush, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal said on Sunday.
He denied reports about progress in negotiations for the release of captured Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit.
Mashaal also denied that Hamas was seeking to impose strict Islamic rule in the Gaza Strip, saying religion should not be enforced through coercion.
The Damascus-based leader's remarks came in an interview with the Qatari newspaper Al-Watan and were published a day after Hamas foiled an attempt by an al-Qaeda infiltrated radical group to establish an “Islamic emirate” in the Gaza Strip......."