Egypt is hosting talks between rival Palestinian factions

Egypt has announced that it will host talks between rival Palestinian factions within the next few days, followed closely by indirect negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis in regards to the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the state news agency MENA said on Saturday.

An official for the Egyptian government was quoted in the report saying that delegations from 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”.

The official also said that Palestinian negotiators would then meet with their Israeli counterparts starting on Wednesday in order to continue negotiating the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip that was achieved thanks to Egyptian-mediated talks in Cairo last month.

Azzam Ahmed, a Fatah official and head of the Palestinian delegation to last month’s talks, confirmed the plan for reconciliation talks to take place this week. He said he expected negotiations with Israel to follow, in comments reported by the Palestinian WAFA news agency.

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Egypt has announced that it will host talks between rival Palestinian factions within the next few days, followed closely by indirect negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis in regards to the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip, the state news agency MENA said on Saturday. An official for the Egyptian government...