Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, says it is ready to receive the Palestinian Unity Government in Gaza days after reaching a pact with Ramallah based Fatah party.
In a press conference held on Tuesday immediately after returning to the Gaza Strip from Cairo, Hamas Political Bureau chief Ismail Haniyah: "To show Hamas seriousness to bring about reconciliation, we invite the unity government to come and assume its duties in Gaza unimpeded."
Haniyah added: "We are awaiting the next step to be taken by the government in Ramallah - to end the punitive measures taken against the Gaza Strip in previous months."
The Hamas leader described his talks in Cairo regarding the reconciliation as "important and positive developments."
"We have opened the door wide before [Fatahs] decision-makers to take courageous decisions to unite the Palestinian people as our cause faces huge challenges," Haniyah said. "We are keen to end the siege on Gaza and we have exerted much effort to do this through the gate of the reconciliation."
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Authority is prepared to undertake its responsibilities in the Gaza Strip, the PA cabinet announced following its weekly meeting on Tuesday, days after Hamas, the de facto ruling party in Gaza, pledged to dissolve its administrative committee that runs the besieged coastal enclave.
The Hamas movement announced Sunday it has dissolved its administrative committee -- formed earlier this year to the outrage of the PA, agrees to hold general elections for the first time since 2006, enter talks with Fatah, and allow the national reconciliation government to operate in Gaza.
Following the victory of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Israeli regime imposed a brutal inhuman siege on the Palestinian territory. The blockade has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty. Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian coastal sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014.
The military aggression, which ended on 26 August 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians. Over 11,100 others were also wounded in the war. Additionally the Israeli military frequently bombs the Gaza Strip, with civilians being the main target of such attacks.
The unity of major Palestinian movements is expected to be a major boost in the ultimate liberation of Palestinian territories occupied by the Israeli regime.