Ha­mas, Fatah say they’re pos­i­tive after first round of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion talks

The meet­ing re­sumed in Cairo on Wednesday

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

Ha­mas said Wednesday that its leader, Is­mail Haniyeh, was briefed by the head of the del­e­ga­tion in Cairo, Saleh Alarury, on rec­on­cil­i­a­tion talks on Tues­day at the head­quar­ters of the Egyp­tian Gen­eral In­tel­li­gence, to which Haniyeh said he felt com­fort­able and main­tained the group’s stance on achiev­ing rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

Fatah and Ha­mas re­sumed rec­on­cil­i­a­tion talks in Cairo for the sec­ond day on Wednesday. Of­fi­cials from both Pales­tinian fac­tions de­scribed the se­cretly held meet­ings as pos­i­tive. A joint state­ment pub­lished Tues­day by WAFA said the meet­ing dis­cussed the hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis in Gaza and means to end the suf­fer­ing of its peo­ple.

The state­ment re­minded that the first steps of im­ple­ment­ing the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion: Ha­mas dis­solved its ad­min­is­tra­tive bureau and the Fatah gov­ern­ment en­tered the Gaza Strip.

“We seek dig­nity and pros­per­ity for our peo­ple in Gaza and the West Bank,” Ha­mas quoted its mem­ber par­tic­i­pat­ing in the talks as say­ing, as Izza Risheq tweeted that there was no other way but national unity to face chal­lenges.

Pales­tinian Am­bas­sador to Cairo Ga­malAl-Shobaky as­serted that Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas said that the Egyp­tian ini­tia­tive for rec­on­cil­i­a­tion rep­re­sented a “his­toric op­por­tu­nity” to end national di­vi­sion, WAFA re­ported Wednesday.

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