Hamas, Fatah Leaders to Meet in Cairo

Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Political Bureau Chief Khaled Meshaal will meet in Egypt next month, a Hamas official says.

Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah had agreed to hold a meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo, Izzat al-Rishiq said in Gaza City on Saturday.

"Hamas is concerned to make this meeting a success," he was quoted as saying by Ma’an news agency, adding that a final date for the meeting has not yet been set.

The two factions have been at odds since the Islamic resistance movement Hamas came to power in 2007. Hamas currently controls the besieged Gaza Strip while Fatah is in control of the West Bank.

The upcoming meeting will discuss implementing the unity deal signed by both parties on May 4.

An agreement was reached on all items, including the elections and the formation of the interim unity government. Hamas and Fatah officials also agreed to hold elections within one year.

Agreeing on a national strategy and discussing ways to improve dialogue among Palestinian groups will also be on the meeting’s agenda, Rishiq said.

Last week, Fatah leader Azzam al-Ahmad met with Meshaal in Cairo.

Ahmad said the meeting was "positive" and that reconciliation talks would restart "soon."

(Press TV)

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