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Political detente thaws Fatah-Syria relations

The longstanding tension between Fatah and Syria seems to be easing on a number of fronts through cooperation between Palestine and the Syrian regime.
Syria's President Bashar al-Assad (L) meets Abbas Zaki, the personal envoy of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in Damascus, in this handout photograph distributed by Syria's national news agency SANA on October 7, 2013.  REUTERS/SANA/Handout via Reuters (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS -

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Fatah movement and Syria have opened a new chapter of bilateral relations and have agreed upon the reopening of the Fatah movement's offices in Damascus, although particulars have yet to be worked out. In 1983, several Fatah members, led by secretary-general of the central committee of Fatah al-Intifada, Said Musa Maragha (mostly known by his nom de guerre, Abu Musa), defected from the movement, took control of Fatah offices in Syria and founded Fatah al-Intifada in Damascus.

Noteworthy is that relations between the movement and Syria before the 1983 dissension had witnessed a long period of tug of war — rapprochement at times and estrangement at others.

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