Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Sharm el-Sheikh to discuss Palestinian reconciliation and the situation in Gaza.
Abbas had arrived in the Red Sea resort city on Friday to participate in the World Youth Forum at the invitation of el-Sisi. The forum, running for the second year, is a four-day event beginning from November 3 and will focus on themes of peace, development, and creativity.
The leaders met in Sharm el Sheikhan at an international conference for youth.https://t.co/SKTEBK2AHj
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) November 3, 2018
According to a statement posted on the embassy’s Facebook profile on the same day, the Palestinian Ambassador to Cairo, Diab al-Louh, said the meeting will discuss the latest Palestinian political developments, as well as issues of mutual interest.
He also stressed the long and deep cooperation between the two leaders.
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Egypt has recently been involved in efforts to revive the reconciliation process that was signed last October between the two main Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah.
However, the deal has been stalled for months over a deadlock that has shown no sign of progress for the 11-year political division.
The Fatah-led Palestinian Authority (PA) wants complete control over the Gaza Strip, including its security, which means the disarmament of Hamas’ armed wing the al-Qassam Brigades – a point that the Hamas movement has made clear it will not concede on.
— African Leadership (@AfricanLM) November 3, 2018
On Thursday, The Jerusalem Post reported that Egypt has put forward a three-year agreement to bring the Hamas and Fatah reconciliation into fruition over two phases.
The first includes the PA taking over civil services and government ministries in Gaza, which are currently under the control of Hamas. The second phase would see the PA in control of the police and border crossings in the coastal strip. If this succeeds after three years, the Qassam Brigades would be placed under PA control as well.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Palestinian counterpart Mahmoud Abbas will meet in the Egyptian city of Sharm El Sheikh this weekend to discuss recent developments… https://t.co/NgOfenj5M5
— Jake Billingsley (@Llanojake) November 2, 2018
Elections would also be drawn held for a new Palestinian government.
According to Ramallah-based political analyst Khalil Shaheen, Egypt eyes the Gaza Strip’s dependency on it as crucial, by holding the keys to the southern border and safeguarding Israel’s interests.
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