Gaza pact closer for Ha­mas, Eg­pyt

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

CAIRO — Egyp­tian and Pales­tinian lead­ers met in Cairo on Sun­day amid signs of a rap­proche­ment be­tween Egypt and the Is­lamic mil­i­tant Ha­mas group.

Of­fi­cials close to Mah­moud Ab­bas said the Pales­tinian leader met with Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah el-Sissi to seek clar­i­fi­ca­tions on what ap­pears to be an emerg­ing power-shar­ing agree­ment be­tween Gaza’s Ha­mas rulers and an ex­iled Ab­bas ri­val, for­mer Gaza strong­man Mo­hammed Dahlan.

Un­der the deal — parts of which have been con­firmed by other par­ties in­volved — Ha­mas would re­tain con­trol over Gaza’s se­cu­rity, while Dahlan would even­tu­ally re­turn to Gaza and han­dle its for­eign re­la­tions.

The of­fi­cials spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause they were not au­tho­rized to speak to the me­dia.

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