Palestinian delegation heads to Egypt for talks

Published September 22nd, 2014 - 09:13 GMT

The Palestinian delegation to negotiate a permanent ceasefire with Israel will leave for Egypt on Monday, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader said.

Yusif al-Hasayneh told Ma’an that the delegation will consist of Fatah leader and delegation head Azzam al-Ahmad, Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouq, and Islamic Jihad leader Khalid al-Batsh.

Al-Hasayneh said the delegation will discuss with Egypt a timeline for the indirect negotiations which are expected to be continued in the coming days.

A meeting will also be held between Fatah and Hamas leaders to discuss issues facing the unity government including salaries and the rebuilding of Gaza.

On Aug. 26, both sides agreed a truce that ended 50 days of deadly conflict in the Gaza Strip and provided for a resumption of negotiations within a month to discuss unresolved issues.

These include the construction of a seaport and restoring the territory's airport, and exchanging Palestinian prisoners for the remains of captured Israeli soldiers.

The indirect talks between Israel and a delegation of all Palestinian groups will be preceded by talks between the two heavyweights of Palestinian politics, the Fatah faction of president Mahmoud Abbas and its rival Hamas.

"Egypt has invited Palestinian and Israeli delegations to resume talks in Cairo on Sept. 24," a Palestinian official said.

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