Egypt blames Hamas for failure of unity talks
Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit has blamed Hamas for the failure of Egyptian-mediated unity talks with its Fatah rivals, official media reported on Thursday. Abul Gheit stated the talks between Hamas and Fatah have not been successful because of "Hamas' lack of enthusiasm toward reconciliation," Al-Ahram daily quoted him as saying.
Cairo has tried to reconcile the two parties since Hamas seized Gaza last year, but talks came to a standstill after Hamas boycotted a Cairo meeting last month.
Cairo came under criticism from Syria last month over its alleged bias toward Fatah in the talks. According to AFP, a cabinet statement on Wednesday denied Cairo favoured either party in the talks and blamed the worsening situation of Gaza Strip on their rivalry.
Also on Wednesday, Mustafa al Faqi a senior Egyptian MP said that Cairo would not "tolerate an Islamic emirate on its eastern border."