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March 3, 2006
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South African officials said they would host Hamas leaders. The comments Thursday represented a further weakening of U.S.-led efforts to isolate Hamas after its victory in Palestinian Authority legislative elections last month. The meeting would be part of South Africa’s ongoing effort to share its experiences on the transition from apartheid to democracy with both the Palestinians and the Israelis, Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said in a statement.

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