Source: BBC News
The United States says the militant Islamist movement Hamas must lay down its weapons if it is to play a part in a new Palestinian government.
Hamas, which dominates the Gaza Strip, and the rival Fatah faction recently agreed to end years of bitter division.
US special envoy Jason Greenblatt said any Palestinian unity administration would need to recognise the State of Israel and disarm “terrorists”.
A Hamas official described the US demand as “blatant interference”.