GAZA CITY, Palestine

The Palestinian resistance group Hamas has rejected an invitation by the U.S. for a secret meeting between the two parties, its political chief said Tuesday.

Hamas rejected the call because the U.S. is trying to spread the rumor that its recent Middle East peace plan was revealed following secret meetings with Palestinian groups, including Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh told Beirut-based Al Mayadeen TV.

On Jan. 28, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled the so-called “Deal of the Century” to end one of the longest-running disputes in the Middle East.

Under the plan, Trump proposed a patchwork Palestinian state boxed

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