The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) leader, Mahmoud Abbas, recently visited Doha, Qatar, to discuss expanding the PA’s influence in Gaza Strip after the war. The visit was at the invitation of the Qatari prince and came after US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, suggested that Abbas prepare for the post-war period by forming a more representative government and developing plans for reform and rehabilitation.
Abbas reportedly briefed Blinken on ongoing preparations for a new government, rehabilitation plan and reforms to the PA’s administrative, legal, and economic systems. Hamas officials expressed willingness to cooperate with the Palestinian Authority on rebuilding Gaza but emphasized the need for a government that includes a range of Palestinian political forces and independent national figures.
During his visit to Doha, Abbas met with Qatari leaders to discuss potential support for Gaza reconstruction efforts. Hamas pledged not to disrupt these efforts and support residents in recovering from the effects of the war. This visit highlights the ongoing efforts to address post-war challenges in Gaza and underscores the importance of cooperation between Palestinian political forces for regional reconstruction.