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.
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