Hamas due to visit Cairo for reconciliation talks next week

Published June 18th, 2016 - 08:31 GMT
Members of Hamas' security forces standing guard in front of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip, September 16, 2013. (AFP/Said Khatib)
Members of Hamas' security forces standing guard in front of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt in the southern Gaza Strip, September 16, 2013. (AFP/Said Khatib)

A delegation of Hamas officials from the besieged Gaza Strip are expected to head to Cairo next week to discuss political reconciliations between Hamas and Fatah, an Egyptian official told Ma'an on Saturday.

The meeting was expected to be held last week, but was postponed to next week due to increasing concerns over the security situation in the Sinai Peninsula.

The reconciliation initiative is part of a larger plan by Egyptian President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi to renew peace talks between Palestinian political factions and Israel through direct talks between parties.

Both factions have expressed support for Egypt's initiative, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visiting al-Sisi in May and applauding the renewal of peace talks.

A delegation of Islamic Jihad officials also attended talks in Cairo in May to discuss the faction's involvement in the political reconciliation initiative.

Meanwhile, reconciliation talks were held on Wednesday in the Qatari capital of Doha between Fatah and Hamas to discuss strategies of implementing a reconciliation agreement.

Fatah and Hamas, Palestine's largest political movements, have been in conflict for a decade following Hamas' election victory in the Gaza Strip in 2006.

The meetings are the latest in a series of attempts to reconcile the two movements, as the Palestinian leadership has repeatedly failed to follow through on promises of reconciliation and holding of long-overdue elections, with both movements having frequently blamed each other for numerous political failures.


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