World Bulletin/News Desk
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas arrived in Egypt on Saturday for talks with Egyptian officials on bilateral relations and developments in the Palestinian lands.
He was welcomed at Cairo International Airport by Manpower Minister Kamal Abu-Eita and Palestinian Ambassador in Cairo Barakat al-Farra.
During his three-day visit, Abbas will meet with interim President Adly Mansour, Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi.
The Palestinian leader will also meet with Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi and Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed al-Tayeb.
According to the Palestinian ambassador, Abbas will brief the Egyptian President Sunday on developments in the Palestinian lands, Israeli violations in al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem) and al-Aqsa Mosque and the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Palestinian leader will also meet with al-Sisi and Fahmi for talks on bilateral relations and inter-Palestinian reconciliation.
Tension has marred relations between rival Palestinian groups Fatah - from which Abbas hails - and Hamas, particularly since the July 3 military ouster of elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.
Since the ouster of Morsi, a leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, relations between Hamas – an ideological offshoot of the Brotherhood – and Egypt's new military-backed rulers have become tense.
Palestinians and Israel resumed their direct peace talks in July after a three-year hiatus.