New Delhi: On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem for the second time in a month.
The talks were overshadowed by Abbas's power-sharing deal with Hamas, which refuses to recognise Israel.
A Palestinian government of National Unity is expected to be announced in the coming days.
However, even as the meeting went on, al-Qaeda's number two leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri criticised Hamas for agreeing to form a national unity government.
An audio recording of the message was broadcast by al-Jazeera satellite channel on Sunday.