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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 10:31 GMT
Khaled Meshal
Khaled Meshal
Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal

Next week a major Middle East peace conference is due to take place in the United States.

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are trying to find common ground on the big issues dividing them.

But with the Islamist group Hamas frozen out of the talks who really speaks for the Palestinians?

Hardtalk is in Damascus to speak with the leader in exile of Hamas, Khaled Meshal.

He talks to Stephen Sackur about why he thinks the conference will provoke popular anger in the region.

HARDtalk is broadcast on BBC World at 04:30h GMT, 09:30h GMT, 14:30h GMT, 18:30h GMT & 21:30h GMT

Hardtalk can also be seen on BBC News 24 at 04:30h & 23:30h.

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