Morsi to meet Abbas, Meshaal for talks

Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal (L) and acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is set to host a meeting with acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal in Cairo to pave the way for unity and reconciliation among the Palestinian rivals.

Official sources reported on Wednesday that Abbas and Meshaal will first “meet Egypt’s intelligence chief, before holding a three-way meeting with President Morsi.”

According to reports, Meshaal and a number of other Hamas officials arrived in Cairo, from the Qatari capital city of Doha on Tuesday for the visit.

Azzam al-Ahmed, a senior Fatah official, said that Abbas was travelling to Egypt at Morsi’s invitation to join the meeting in the capital, Cairo.

Morsi also mediated a ceasefire that put an end to the Israeli regime’s deadly offensive on the blockaded Gaza Strip in November, 2012.

On Monday, al-Ahmad said Abbas wants to end the political rift between Fatah and Hamas and the current ‘stalemate’ in inter-Palestinian negotiations.

On January 4, Abbas called on rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, to end their five-year-long dispute and unite during a televised speech addressing his supporters in a massive rally organized by the Fatah movement in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh also expressed hope that his faction and Fatah would resolve their differences.

Hamas, who seized control of the coastal enclave from Fatah in 2007, authorized Fatah to stage the rally to mark its 48th anniversary. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza City’s Saraya Square to voice their support for unity among Palestinians.

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