Fatah, Hamas hold reconciliation talks in Egypt
Rival Palestinian parties Fatah and Hamas held talks Sunday in Egypt aimed at implementing a reconciliation deal announced in May, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported. The two sides held consultations late Saturday in the presence of Egyptian intelligence officials, the agency said, adding Fatah's delegation is led by Azzam al-Ahmad and Hamas by Musa Abu Marzuq.
According to AFP, Fatah official Sakhr Bssisso conveyed the talks would focus on "mechanisms of implementing the reconciliation deal," in all its aspects. On his part, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zahri stated on Saturday that his group was "serious in wanting to implement the agreement as soon as possible".
But he added there were some problems, namely Fatah's bid to keep Salam Fayyad at the head of the government.
Fatah has officially announced its support for Fayyad as prime minister of a government composed of independents, but Hamas has rejected his candidacy, saying it wants somebody from Gaza Strip.