Morsi to mediate Hamas, Fatah unity talks

Published January 9th, 2013 - 12:27 GMT
Fatah and Hamas supporters rally in Gaza on January 4, 2012. (AFP Photo)
Fatah and Hamas supporters rally in Gaza on January 4, 2012. (AFP Photo)

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will mediate talks in Cairo between Fatah and Hamas following a conflict between the two Palestinian factions that began in 2006.

Morsi will attempt to broker a deal between the Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, head of Fatah, and Hamas’ Khaled Meshaal.
Fatah was ousted from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip after the 2006 elections, which Hamas won.

Fatah held a huge rally in Gaza on January 4, the first since the split in 2007. In December, Meshaal made his first ever trip to the West Bank.

The two Palestinian leaders are due to meet Egypt’s spy chief before holding a three-way meeting with President Morsi.

Negotiations on forming a joint interim government were halted after an accord was signed last year and Hamas in October, 2011, boycotted the first West Bank elections since 2006.

Hamas’ cooling relations with Damascus and Tehran, coupled with a Muslim Brotherhood in power in Egypt, have likely encouraged negotiations.


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