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September 21, 2014 11:05 am

Egypt to Host Reconciliation Talks Between Fatah, Hamas

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From left to right, senior Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk, senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed, head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh, and deputy speaker of the Gaza-based Palestinian Parliament Ahmed Bahar attend a meting in Gaza City on April 22, 2014. Hamas and Fatah signed a deal to establish a unity government this spring, but since then little progress has been made as the Palestinian factions continue to feel deep mistrust toward one another. Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

The Guardian – Egypt will host talks between rival Palestinian factions within days, followed by indirect negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis on the cease-fire in Gaza, the state news agency Mena said on Saturday.

The report quoted an Egyptian official as saying that delegations from the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction and the Islamic militant group Hamas, which dominates Gaza, would meet on Monday “to complete the Palestinian reconciliation.”

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