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September 14, 2017 2:19 pm

Report: Fatah Delegation to Visit Cairo for Reconciliation Talks With Hamas

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President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: WEF. – A delegation representing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party is expected to visit Cairo soon amid talks of a unity Palestinian government being formed with Gaza-ruling terror group Hamas, i24News reported on Tuesday.

Fatah Central Committee member, Azzam al-Ahmad, welcomed the ongoing reconciliation initiative being mediated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s government.

Reports of the Fatah party’s visit to Cairo to resolve its dispute with the Palestinian terror group follow Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh’s announcement on Monday that his organization was prepared to form a unity government with Abbas’s Fatah, without preconditions.

Hamas was ready “to hold a dialogue with Fatah in Cairo immediately, to come to an agreement and set the terms for its implementation,” said Haniyeh in a statement published on the terror group’s website.

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Haniyeh’s statement followed the recently resolved energy crisis in Gaza, which was precipitated by the PA’s June decision to pay only 60 percent of the coastal territory’s monthly electricity bill, amidst an ongoing feud with Hamas.

A Palestinian unity government was formed in 2014 between Hamas and Fatah, but ended in 2015 after making little progress to reconcile the deep split between the two Palestinian factions. The rift has divided the Palestinians since Hamas violently took control of Gaza in 2007.

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