Fatah del­e­ga­tion in Cairo to dis­cuss rap­proche­ment talks: re­ports

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics -

A del­e­ga­tion from the Fatah move­ment has ar­rived on Satur­day to Cairo to meet with Egyp­tian of­fi­cials to dis­cuss pos­si­ble rec­on­cil­i­a­tion at­tempts with the Ha­mas move­ment, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia re­ports.

Egypt has been push­ing for bi­lat­eral rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, and Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi called for an ini­tia­tive to end on­go­ing dis­si­dence.

Ac­cord­ing to Egyp­tian lo­cal me­dia re­ports, the Fatah del­e­ga­tion wants to ex­am­ine the in­ten­tions of Ha­mas re­gard­ing any ini­tia­tives.

Ha­mas has been the rul­ing au­thor­ity in the Gaza Strip since 2007, when it won the par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, de­feat­ing the then-rul­ing Fatah party.

Ha­mas as­sum­ing con­trol over the Gaza Strip was con­sid­ered a turn­ing point in the his­tory of the tun­nels lead­ing be­tween the Gaza Strip and Egypt. Since then, a full block­ade on Gaza by Is­rael has en­sued, lead­ing to in­creased re­liance on the tun­nels for the trans­fer of goods.

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