Pales­tinian rec­on­cil­i­a­tion talks launched in Cairo’s Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence head­quar­ters

The Daily News Egypt - - Front Page - By Amira El-Fekki

A round of Pales­tinian rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ne­go­ti­a­tions launched Tues­day in Cairo be­tween mem­bers of Fatah and Ha­mas at the Egyp­tian Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence head­quar­ters.

The Fatah del­e­ga­tion is headed by Com­mis­sioner of Na­tional Af­fairs Az­zam-Al-Ah­mad and in­cludes mem­bers of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee Rouhi Fa­touh, Hus­sein Al-Sheikh, Head of the Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence Ma­jid Faraj and se­nior mem­ber of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Coun­cil Fayez Abu Eita, ac­cord­ing to WAFA.

Mean­while, Ha­mas Vice-chair­man Saleh Alarury, vice Chair­man of Ha­mas, headed the del­e­ga­tion in Cairo for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion talks, which in­cluded Ha­mas leader-Yahya Sin­war, Po­lit­i­cal Bureau mem­bers Iz­zat Risheq, Moussa Abu Mar­zouq, Khalil Al-Hayya, and Salah Bar­daweel.

Abu Mar­zouq said that the “suc­cess of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion di­a­logue in Cairo de­pends on Ab­bas ini­tia­tive to do it.”

Ha­mas spokesper­son Fawzy Barhoum said in a Mon­day in­ter­view with Al-Ghad TV that on top of Ha­mas agenda is to dis­cuss the ag­gra­vated sit­u­a­tion in Gaza, namely the press­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues re­lated to elec­tric­ity and health, as well as the em­ploy­ees is­sue, in ad­di­tion to dis­cussing the cross­ings file.

Mean­while, Fatah wants to dis­cuss full em­pow­er­ment of the govern­ment in the strip, in­clud­ing se­cu­rity con­trol of the cross­ings .Ac­cord­ing to Al-Ah­mad’s press state­ments re­ported by WAFA, se­cur­ing the cross­ings – which Ha­mas is do­ing – is an “in­sep­a­ra­ble part of the govern­ment’s tasks.”

He added that he hoped the is­sue would be set­tled within a week or two at least for the cross­ings of Bait Ha­noun (Erez) and Karam Abu Salem, while it would take some time re­gard­ing the Rafah border, which ac­cord­ing to him is sup­posed to be man­aged by the pres­i­dent’s guards un­der Euro­pean watch.

Pres­i­dent Mah­moud-Ab­bas had stated in a Thurs­day meet­ing with the Fatah Cen­tral Com­mit­tee that the im­por­tance of the Cairo meet­ing was that de­tailed of im­ple­men­ta­tion of fur­ther steps would be dis­cussed and that “good in­ten­tions” should pre­vail, the Pales­tinian Lib­er­a­tion Or­gan­i­sa­tion re­ported.

Ab­bas as­serted that na­tional unity was a pri­or­ity, and that the em­pow­er­ment of the govern­ment in Gaza and up­com­ing presidential and leg­isla­tive elec­tions should be achieved.

On Sun­day, Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah Al-Sisi gave di­rec­tions to Head of the Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence Khaled Fawzy to pro­ceed with rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ef­forts to en­hance peace talks with Is­rael and es­tab­lish an in­de­pen­dent Pales­tinian state, a presidential state­ment read.

This comes as Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netenyahu’s warned against the Pales­tinian rec­on­cil­i­a­tion on the same day the Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity cab­i­net con­vened in Gaza for the first time since 2014, as­sert­ing the recog­ni­tion of Is­rael and the Jewish state as con­di­tional to ac­cept rec­on­cil­i­a­tion or pro­ceed with peace process.

“We are not pre­pared to ac­cept bo­gus rec­on­cil­i­a­tion in which the Pales­tinian side ap­par­ently rec­on­ciles at the ex­pense of our ex­is­tence. Who­ever wants to make a rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, our un­der­stand­ing is clear: Rec­og­nize Is­rael, dis­band the Ha­mas mil­i­tary wing, sever ties with Iran,” his Twit­ter ac­count read.

Mem­bers of Fatah and Ha­mas met in Cairo on Tues­day

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