Abbas to visit Egypt for Hamas talks, official says

The two sides agree in principle on the idea of a national unity government for the Palestinian Authority.

Abbas to visit Egypt for Hamas talks, official says

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will make an unscheduled stop in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials on Monday due to "sudden developments in talks with Hamas", a Palestinian official said.

The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa, quoted Abbas aide Nabil Abu Rdainah as saying the Palestinian president would arrive in Cairo to "follow up the efforts to strengthen the (Gaza) ceasefire and national reconciliation".

Hamas officials in Cairo are set to meet with Egyptian mediators on Sunday. Abbas will meet Egyptian officials the following day.

The main parties are Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, and the Abbas's Fatah faction, which since June 2007 has controlled only the West Bank.

The two sides agree in principle on the idea of a national unity government for the Palestinian Authority, but they disagree on whether Abbas still has a mandate to govern.

The news agency said that because of the sudden developments, Abbas's visit to the Czech Republic on Monday would have to be rescheduled.

It was to be the first stop of a tour of European capitals which will now start in Paris.

Reuters

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