Last week, Barakeh traveled to the Jordanian capital of Amman where he met with the secretary-general of the DFLP, Nayef Hawatmeh. The Communist Party of Israel leading members recently stated that the talks held with Palestinian left-wing factions are a routine matter. The party has maintained contacts with these groups since the 1970s. "The Communist Party of Israel and Hadash platforms and its fundamental stances are clear and they are expressed everywhere and at every opportunity," a party spokesman said. "Ties with PLO groups have been held uninterruptedly since the 1970s, and all of the factions know the positions taken by the Communist party of Israel as a political Jewish-Arab organization that espouses a two-state solution with the struggle against capitalism and imperialism".