Posted: 17 Oct 2006C. David Welch, Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, is interviewed by Alhurra. "Q: Hamas has asked president Abbas to resign. Welch: I think the Hamas government should resign." State Department press release, 16 October 2006. The interview on "U.S.-backed" Alhurra is cited by McClatchy Newspapers, 16 October 2006.
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