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Hamas denied its leader in exile is moving to Sudan from Syria.

The Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported Tuesday that the Islamic fundamentalist organization’s political leader Khaled Meshaal had left Damascus, where he has lived in exile after his expulsion from Jordan, for Sudan.

“The movement totally denies media reports saying that Khaled Meshaal has left Syria for Sudan,” a Hamas official said in a statement delivered to the French press agency. “These reports are false.”

Syria had requested the move, the newspaper reported, because of the launch in May of indirect peace talks between the country and Israel after an eight-year hiatus.

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