Hamas, Fatah to sign deal on Oct. 26, says Abul Gheit
Rival Palestinian factions are expected to sign a reconciliation deal in Cairo on October 26, Egypt's Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said on Monday after meeting Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas. "We agreed to hold a meeting for Palestinian factions in Cairo on October 25 before signing a reconciliation agreement on October 26," he said, according to AFP.
"Arab officials and maybe officials from outside the Arab world might attend the signing of the agreement as witnesses."
The announcement came shortly after Abul Gheit and Egypt's intelligence chief Omar Suleiman held talks in Jordan's capital with Abbas, who heads Fatah faction.
According to AFP, the agreement calls for presidential and parliamentary elections to be held across the Palestinian territories in June 2010. It also calls for the release of prisoners in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
Earlier, Abul Gheit and Suleiman met Jordan's King Abdullah II, who said Palestinian reconciliation was a "key necessity" to establishing an independent state.